You, Me, Resume II

In a recent comment, FC Now reader Cynthia Typaldos brings up the idea of guilds as a new form for organizing business people. A couple of years ago, we talked about that concept with Thomas Malone, a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management and founder of the Center for Coordination Science. While the conversation touched primarily on free agents, the guild model has promise for other business people, as well as corporate partnerships and industry groups.

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  • Cynthia Typaldos

    Professors Tom Malone and Robert Laubacher updated a previous paper on guilds and republished it in the summer of 2002.

    Retreat of the Firm and the Rise of Guilds:
    The Employment Relationship in an Age of Virtual Business
    Robert Laubacher and Thomas W. Malone
    rjl@mit.edu malone@mit.edu
    MIT Initiative on Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century
    Working Paper #033
    August 2000
    Revised July 2002
    http://ccs.mit.edu/papers/pdf/...

    For more info about the Professional Guilds I am creating: White-Collar Professional Guilds - Executive Summary (ProfGuilds)
    --- The coming demise of the Jobosaurus Era and how to profit from it ---
    http://typaldos.com/word.docum...

    And visit our first guild for software marketing and busines development professionals at www.softwareproductmarketing.c....