The business environment is now changing rapidly, but will change even more rapidly in the future. Only firms that can respond to these changes will survive. It is important to know, then, how business’s future landscape will look. George Huber’s new book, The Necessary Nature of Future Firms, describes this landscape clearly and credibly and makes explicit the organizational attributes and management practices firms must possess to be among the ranks of the “future firms.” The Necessary Nature of Future Firms is written for managers, especially those managing change. Professionals in a wide variety of organizational roles will find it a particularly useful reference for its foresight and as an invaluable tool in winning approval for projects and initiatives. Academics in change management, information systems, organizational science, strategy, and human resources management can draw on the book as a supplementary text or as a source for lecture materials.

Organizational Decision Making
Organizational decision making

We concluded in Chapter 2 that future firms will be faced with decision situations arriving at unprecedented rates. This condition is hard to imagine, but reason tells us it must be so. That these situations will be arriving with frequencies and speeds significantly greater than those previously encountered suggests that decision making in future firms will differ from decision making in the past or present. Is this true? If so, how will it be different? I attempt to answer these and related questions in this chapter.

Organizational decision making in the organizations of the post-industrial world shows every sign of becoming a great deal more complex than the decision making of the past. As a consequence of this fact, the decision-making ...

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