Keywords: management theory, organisation theory, future organisations, high-technology firms, management history
Management, technology, and what's next
This paper is searching for the identity for what the future high performance organisation (in the high-technology sector) will "look like". The management history literature was examined to identify a comparative framework for historical management thought. Social, economic and philosophical issues were considered. The relationship between this comparative framework and economic long wave theory were used to consider what "paradigm of automation" will provide the economic engine during the next (fifth) economic long wave expansion. The high-technology business environment was examined for unique characteristics, revealing uncertainty. Current emerging technologies were reviewed for consideration as candidate "paradigms of automation". The implications for future high performance organisations in the technology sector were that flexibility, adaptive, responsive, action-oriented, and high-skill mix are traits that would be required.