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Megacommunities
How Leaders of Government, Business and Non-profits Can Tackle Today's Global Challenges Together
by Mark Gerencser Reginald Van Lee Fernando Napolitano Christopher Kelly Walter Isaacson

RRP €20.70

Megacommunities
How Leaders of Government, Business and Non-profits Can Tackle Today's Global Challenges Together
by Author Name Mark Gerencser, Reginald Van Lee, Fernando Napolitano, Christopher Kelly, Walter Isaacson

Book details for title
List Price:20.70
Format: Paperback, 225 x 148 x 17mm, 256pp
Publication date: 17 Apr 2009
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN-13: 9780230611320

Description

In an era of booming global interdependence, complex problems such as climate change, energy availability, and HIV/AIDS and other worldwide pandemics cannot be solved by a single leadership unit or sector of society. In this groundbreaking book, four senior managers of the global consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton reveal a new approach for leaders to manage such issues: reaching across national and sector divisions and forming collaborative "megacommunities" that are directed toward a common goal. Megacommunities shares the success stories of such collaborations already at work today, with examples from tackling monopolies to urban revitalization to conservation efforts. Leaders around the world are looking to megacommunities to achieve balance between organizational differences and to optimize cooperative efforts.

Reviews

'An optimistic handbook for creating promising frameworks for change that balance ideals with realities, the perfect with the good' -Lew McCreary, Harvard Business Review 'Megacommunities offers a comprehensive, groundbreaking approach to the challenge of global interdependence. An eminently readable and practical handbook for everyone interested in shaping a future of sustainable progress and social inclusiveness, Megacommunities deserves the widest possible audience. This is one of those rare well-reasoned books that can make a real difference in the world' -Richard D. Parsons, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Time Warner 'This book provides a much needed new perspective on leadership in a networked environment, demonstrating clearly and concisely the value of a 'leader of leaders.' This is a must-read for managers and aspiring leaders' -Fulvio Conti, Chief Executive Officer, Enel 'An insightful and engrossing read, Megacommunities brings creative new thinking to the challenges confronting leaders in our increasingly complex and interdependent world. It addresses problems head on, is full of good sense, and offers guidance that is compelling. This important book, for the strategist in particular, is hard to ignore.' - Admiral (Retired) Sir Ian Forbes, Former NATO Supreme Commander 'Megacommunities introduces us to a world of complex problems, where traditional economic and financial incentives are not sufficient, where it is impossible for all players to secure their first choice outcome. And where multiple vetoes operate and free riders abound. This world calls for creativity and imagination, the ability to build trust, form alliances and do deals. Megacommunities also provokes a rethink about how we identify and develop our political, business and civic leaders - people who can think across the boundaries of their own organizations, can communicate, can influence and be influenced, who think in terms of optimizing rather than maximizing, and who, in short, can pilot us from the selfish world of the Prisoner's Dilemma to the collaborative world of John Nash's Equilibrium' -Lord Andrew Turnbull, Former UK Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service 'Megacommunities offers a refreshing, organizational framework to help leaders solve the thorny and complex problems that devolve from technology and globalization. The book elaborates the networked strength of collaboration between business, government and civil society' -Richard H.K. Vietor, Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration 'Geocomplexity, network capital, dynamic tension, swarm intelligence - this is the language of Megacommunities. But unlike so many other books promising management miracles, these terms are not old ideas in new jargon. They outline a genuinely different framework for thinking about the world and its multiplying problems. Best of all, they become actual tools for tackling those problems. This book is a ray of hope!' - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University

Contents

Preface An Interdependent World in Crisis Anatomy Of A Megacommunity Megacommunity Thinking Initiating a Megacommunity Structuring and Sustaining the Megacommunity Leading in a Megacommunity Afterword: A Megacommunity Success Story Acknowledgements Megacommunities Glossary