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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (54 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas H. Davenport Narrator: Thomas H. Davenport, Gildan Author Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Knowledge workers create the innovations and strategies that keep their firms competitive and the economy healthy. Yet, companies continue to manage this new breed of employee with techniques designed for the Industrial Age. As this critical sector of the workforce continues to increase in size and importance, that’s a mistake that could cost companies their future. Thomas Davenport argues that knowledge workers are vastly different from other types of workers in their motivations, attitudes, and need for autonomy—so they require different management techniques to improve their performance and productivity.

Based on extensive research involving over a hundred companies and more than six hundred knowledge workers, Thinking for a Living provides rich insights into how knowledge workers think, how they accomplish tasks, and what motivates them to excel. Davenport identifies four major categories of knowledge workers and presents a unique framework for matching specific types of workers with the management strategies that yield the greatest performance.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marcus | 3/15/2013

    " Far from being a quintessential reading, it just adds up some input to the theme, but seemed to be too long for not taking you anywhere. I started with some expectations that were not accomplished at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Valentina Tkachenko | 12/10/2012

    " Good topic, mediocre book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne | 9/13/2012

    " This book helped me understand how and why I work the way I do. It also helped me get the appreciation and support for a group of knowledge workers in the company I worked for so they could continue to contribute the "hard to evaluate" gifts they produce each and every day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anne | 1/30/2012

    " There wasn't much beyond common sense in this book (but maybe that's typical for management books?) :) "

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