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Middle Managers in a Web 2.0 World

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 - 21:49
Eliminating middle managers was the vogue in 1990s-style reforms.  Flatten the organization!  After all, it was the middle managers who “sucked the life out of an organization” by filtering information, gatekeeping decisions, and smothering innovation. But today, we’re beginning to hear praise for middle managers as being the connecting glue and the nodes of cross-organizational networks. What’s going on here??

Jacques S. Gansler

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 - 12:50
The Honorable Jacques S. Gansler, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, is a professor and holds the Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise in the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; he is also the Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise. As the third-ranking civilian at the Pentagon from 1997–2001, Dr. Gansler was responsible for all research and development, acquisition reform, logistics, advanced technology, environmental security, defense industry, and numerous other security programs.

James B. Rice, Jr.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 - 12:49
James Rice, Jr. joined MIT in 1995 as the Director of the MIT Integrated Supply Chain Management (ISCM) Program, a collaborative research program with industry partners. As Director of the ISCM Program, he serves sponsoring companies by conducting research in supply chain management, facilitating collaboration among the sponsors at quarterly best practice sharing events, and funding supply chain research across MIT. Rice currently teaches the "Supply Chain Context" course in MIT's Master of Engineering in Logistics academic program.

Alvin E Tarrell

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 - 12:47
Alvin E. Tarrell is currently a Ph.D. student in information technology at the Peter Kiewit Institute at the University of Nebraska–Omaha (UNO-PKI). His research interests include information design, information visualization, visual analytics, human-computer interaction, data analytics and knowledge management.  His dissertation research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of visual information displays, primarily in the area of electronic health records and population health informatics.  In addition, Mr. Tarrell is an operational analyst for the U.S.