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Product Details

  • Series: Harvard Business Review Book
  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875849113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875849119
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,086,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most corporate leaders recognize that today's increasingly wired world is dramatically changing the way they conduct business. Only a precious few grasp exactly what this means to their own operations, however, and fewer still have implemented appropriate strategies that put them ahead of the curve.

Creating Value in the Network Economy is a collection of 12 essays that originally appeared in the Harvard Business Review and that address this continuing revolution and its potential long-term impacts. Edited by Don Tapscott--whose previous, well-received books include The Digital Economy and Growing Up Digital--it assembles a series of provocative and pragmatic thoughts on the subject by such visionaries as John Hagel, Stan Davis, James Moore, and Charles Handy. Divided into three sections, the resultant works address fundamentals as they relate to the shifting nature of corporate value, the evolution of the corporation itself, and the effect all this will have on tomorrow's consumer. "Questions still outnumber answers," Tapscott cautions. "But the evidence is growing. Firms that don't reinvent their business models around the Net will be bypassed and fail." --Howard Rothman

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This is a collection of Harvard Business Review articles on the fundamentals of creating value and profit from the new knowledge-based economy. The articles, by authors such as Stan Davis, John Hagel, Charles Handy, and Regis McKenna, are grouped into three sections, the first dealing with how the Net enables values to be created in radically different ways. The second group of articles describes the new models of the integrated corporation of the industrial economy, and the third describes how knowledge of marketing is changing as new interactive relationships with customers become possible. The jury is still out on what the future will hold for the network economy, yet the editor, Tapscott, indicates that the signs are already visible that firms that do not reorganize their business activities around the Net will lose ground and fail. He says in his introduction, "In the year 2020 we are likely to look back and see that companies fell into the categories of those that 'got it' and those that didn't." Mary Whaley

More About the Author

Don Tapscott is one of the world's leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology and advises business and government leaders around the world.

In 2011, Don was named one of the world's top ten most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. He has authored or co-authored 15 widely read books including the 1992 best seller Paradigm Shift. His 1995 hit Digital Economy changed thinking around the world about the transformational nature of the Internet and two years later he defined the Net Generation and the "digital divide" in Growing Up Digital.

His 2000 work, Digital Capital introduced seminal ideas like "the business web" and was described by BusinessWeek as "pure enlightenment." Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything was the best selling management book in 2007 and translated into over 25 languages.

The Economist called Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet "Schumpeterian story of creative destruction" and the Huffington Post said the book is "nothing less than a game plan to fix a broken world."

Over 30 years he has introduced many ground-breaking concepts that are part of contemporary understanding. His work continues as the inaugural fellow at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a member of World Economic Forum and Adjunct Professor of Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This collection of articles provides an excellent overview of the key changes occuring in the network economy.
Tapscott's introduction alone is worth the price of the book, as he succinctly and insightfully overviews and integrates the primary issues affecting today's businesses in the new economy.
The selected articles explore critical issues, including the changes in what consumers value and the implications for new and existing busineses; the disaggreagtion of firms and the creation of digital networks; and the shift in power from suppliers to buyers and the imperatives for businesses if they are to gain buyers' long-term trust and loyalty.
Some of the articles may be "old" as measured by publication date, but the concepts contained in them certainly are not. This book is definitely worth reading if you're trying to build a lasting corporation in the network economy.
(on the other hand, for those looking to just get rick quick, there's always "Daytrading Success Secrets")
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David E. Hess on July 2, 1999
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I usually enjoy Dan Tapscott's books, but this one disappointed me because only 2 of the 12 articles in the book were written in 1998. The remainder date back to as early as 1993-- ancient history in the Internet world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Most of the articles are too old. There have been so many new developments in the past few ..months.... couple years may be--while many articles were written before 1998!
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