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About the Author
Dale Neef is an author and management consultant specializing in strategic corporate policy and knowledge management, and is currently researching the subject of corporate integrity as a Visiting Fellow at The Center for Global Change and Governance at Rutgers University. He has worked for IBM and CSC, and was a fellow at Ernst & Young's Center for Business Innovation, where he helped the firm to develop their knowledge management service line and wrote or edited several books on knowledge management and globalization. Over the past fifteen years he has worked with executives from more than forty companies on strategy development, corporate assessments, and strategic change initiatives. He earned his doctorate from Cambridge University, was a research fellow at Harvard, and along with radio commentary, speaker tours, and frequent contributions to journals, has written or edited numerous books on business, globalization and the changing economy, including: * E-Procurement: From Strategy to Implementation, (New York: Prentice Hall, May, 2001) - the Financial Times/Prentice Hall's 3rd best-selling business book in 2001; * A Little Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing: Understanding the Global, Knowledge-based Economy, (Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999); * The Economic Impact of Knowledge, Co-editor, (Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998); * The Knowledge-Based Economy, Editor, (Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997); * Enterprise Value in the Knowledge Economy: Measuring Performance in the Age of Intangibles, Co-editor, (OECD/Ernst & Young, 1997) These books have been recommended by the Harvard Business School and have been used as texts for courses at MIT, Birbeck/University of London, the University of Northern Texas, the University of Tennessee and George Mason University.
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Dale Neef is a businessman, consultant, speaker, and author specializing in "Big Data" management issues and electronic monitoring and reporting technologies. He has been a technical consultant for the Asian Development Bank, has worked for IBM and Computer Sciences Corporation, and was a fellow at Ernst & Young's Center for Business Innovation. A frequent contributor to journals, and a regular speaker at technology conferences, he earned his doctorate from Cambridge University, was a research fellow at Harvard, and has written or edited eight books on the economics of knowledge and data management and the use of information technology to mitigate risk.
Provides a useful analysis of the place and significance of knowledge management in the development of business and society, though it is limited in the range of societal implications that it considers.The book is well organised, with sound definitions (in a muddy field), a formidable array of facts and good analysis. The explanation of the 'knowledge foundation' (Ch.7) is particularly valuable. Chapters 1 through 6 develop the argument that globalisation and the knowledge economy together amount to a major continuing revolution in the way the world works, and that this revolution is a continuing process, not an event. Chapters 1 through 5 work systematically through the major changes associated with the knowledge economy and globalisation, while Chapter 6 draws important conclusions for the organisation based round six major changes including the level of workforce education, changes in employment, the development of IT in general and groupware in particular, and culture shifts. At this point, Neef introduces the critically important concept of 'high road' and 'low road' organisations and a third group of independent knowledge workers. Essentially, the world is moving towards dominance by a limited number of knowledge based, global organisations, with much of the physical production carried out by relatively small, undercapitalised, low wage 'low road' companies engaged in a 'race to the bottom' and an intermediate group of independent knowledge workers. These corporate polarities are strongly reflected in society, with the trend toward increasing inequalities of income and wealth.Read more ›
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