Summary of Exponential Organizations

Why New Organizations Are Ten Times Better, Faster, and Cheaper Than Yours (and What to Do About It)

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Future-proof your organization with low-cost and abundant information.


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Authors Salim Ismail and Yuri van Geest – part of the future-oriented Singularity University – along with technology writer Michael S. Malone, describe an imminent organizational transformation. They consolidate changes, ideas and soon-to-come technologies they’ve used, seen and heard about into a how-to manual for changing the business world. Command-and-control, hierarchy-heavy enterprises will not endure. Every company is or will evolve into an information-based entity, in which costs fall to nearly zero, abundance replaces scarcity and only “Exponential Organizations” (ExOs) survive. Dinosaur firms must change rapidly or face extinction. The authors are perhaps a bit too evangelical in their fervor, but getAbstract recommends their extraordinary vision to executives, entrepreneurs and investors.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How fast-moving, low-cost companies are taking advantage of information to rapidly dominate the economy;
  • How established firms should respond; and
  • How you can build your own “Exponential Organization.”


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About the Authors

Salim Ismail is the founder and executive director at Singularity University, where Yuri van Geest is managing director. Michael S. Malone is an award-winning technology journalist.

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