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Future Perfect: Tenth Anniversary Edition Paperback – October 5, 1997

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From Publishers Weekly

In our aging postindustrial era, we're witnessing a technological explosion notes Davis, a Boston-based business consultant, and in this short but deeply provocative book he sets out "to give new meaning to time, space and matter in shaping tomorrow's business and organization." Readers will consistently nod in recognition as Davis ticks off what he sees happening today in business management as it has grown from the time of Henry Ford and GM's Alfred Sloan to what he considers the "hello from the future" that the Federal Express Corporationtoday's leading example of the holistic management approach as opposed to the mechanicalis shouting to business leaders. His insights into our already emerging "future perfect" economy of process, information and a host of intangibles made possible by the microchip is eye-opening. Admiring readers will conclude that Davis matches his own description of a certain Pakistani financial wizard"Gandhi in banker's pinstripes." 40,000 first printing; major ad/promo; Fortune Book Club and Macmillan Book Club alternates.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Davis builds on an important vision that structure and style of organizational culture are the result of changes in the external environment, especially in science and technology. He presents examples featuring such high-tech wizardry as holograms, parallel processing, microcircuitry, and genetic engineering, and describes how Federal Express rose to prominence because its founder visualized how technology could be used to achieve overnight delivery. Unfortunately, much of this work trots out well-worn business anecdotes. Recommended only for general collections. BOMC/Fortune alternate.Gene R. Laczniak, Marquette Univ., Milwaukee
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Updated edition (October 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201327953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201327953
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Can you not be compelled by a visionary author who opens this edition of his book with a review of the first edition, written in 1987! The 20-page new introduction and review is one of the most fascinating parts of the book. In a fairly modest way, not self-serving, Davis shows how most of his ideas have come to pass. Some are in still in development, and a couple of previous case studies have since flopped eg Sears one-stop-shop. But overall I thought it was a remarkable performance, and a key source of credibility for the book and the author. How many other business writers have put themselves to this same public test - not many that I know of, with the exception of Peter Drucker.
In 1987 Davis introduced concepts such as competing on speed, and mass customization. Today we accept that time has become intrinsic to business logic, and mass customization is now developing its own mass following. In this new edition he sticks with the powerful thinking tool he proposed earlier, namely that time, space and mass are fundamental dimensions of business. It is through exploring the extremes of this framework that new services and business models have eventuated. Davis shows us how to use that rather esoteric framework to help re-think our business. And I think very successfully, although it seems hard to grasp at first glance.
For example, we all take for granted the shrinkage of mass - miniaturisation. The thesis is that all core products will shrink, and the intangible component must grow for a business to remain sustainable. So we must extend our minds to take on the challenge of defining the knowledge-value in a mortgage or a pair of socks. The redistribution of product "space" will dramatically alter industries such as health care and education.
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Future Perfect is a verb tense in the English language which speaks of the future as if it has already taken place. Davis say, “In the industrial economy, our models helped us to manage aftermath, the consequences of events that had already happened. In this new economy, however, we must learn to manage the beforemath; this is, the consequence of events that have not yet occurred.” This is the critical element of living into your vision. If you are responding to what has already taken place you are, at best, managing events. If God has given you a vision for what He wants to accomplish through you and your people, you have to work in the future perfect world of beforemath. You have to dream the dream and then live the dream into reality. tomlaw.org/booksummaries
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The concepts of this book are relevant to any business and have become common terms in consulting as well as business management. For anyone interested in the concepts of mass customization, real-time organization or anytime/anyplace organization, this is essential reading and the original inventor of the buzzwords. It also provides a framework for tying the principles together through the author's premise of time, space and mass as fundamental dimensions of a business, something others have elaborated upon both in business and the consulting profession.
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Even though 25 years have passed since this was published, Stan Davis wisely identified several fundamental trends from technology changes that affect organizations and products today. 90% of what he forecasted came true, and the effects of the axioms he identified are still reverberating. The book still gives exceptional guidance for management and organization. And I received a copy that was autographed. Wow - an added bonus.
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Explores a broad range of ideas about organization and management based on the premise that time, space, and mass are fundamental dimensions of all businesses. A few of the ideas introduced are: mass customization, real-time organization, any time / any place organization, distinguishing between a business and its organization, and the shift to producing intangible products. Discusses the changing nature of the economy. Captures today's key trends for strategic thinking and organizational change. Recommended.
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