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I was going through my RSS feeds today and was reading Harvard Business School Associate Prof. Andrew McAfee's blog. (McAfee has become a CJD fav. He specializes in the merger of the enterprise and technology, and he is credited with creating the term Enterprise 2.0. FCW profiled McAfee last year and last week we featured his blog as one of the five blogs worth reading. McAfee is one of the keynote speakers at 1105 GovInfo's Government Leadership Summit beginning Sunday. And -- shameless plug -- if you want to attend, let me know. I also mentioned earlier that McAfee will be out guest on the June 2 FCW radio show, which airs on DC's Federal News Radio.)

Anyway, McAfee has posted today about a group that is going to be looking at the "grand challenges" for 21st century management. As part of that, they have one of the best worded questions that I've heard in awhile. Here is an excerpt of McAfee's blog post, headlined What I Said About the Revolution:


Later this week, the Management Lab is convening a group of academics and practitioners to "to define the “Grand Challenges” for 21st century management, and imagine possible solutions to them." The list of attendees is very impressive; I’m flattered to have been asked to participate and anticipate learning a lot.

As part of the preparation for the conference we we asked to "Briefly describe a “design flaw” or “impediment” that undermines the capacity of organizations to adapt, innovate, or fully engage the talents of their members." We were then asked to "Briefly describe a “radical remedy” that might help to counter or avoid the impediment or design flaw described above."


Read more.

McAfee then blogs about his responses, which are interesting in their own right.

We actually will have a wiki at the Summit where we will tap into the thoughts of the people there, and I'll report back.

But we also want to ask you -- how would you answer this question for the government? What is the design flaw or impediment? And what is the radical remedy?

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on May 27, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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