A Moron In A Hurry

June 5, 2006

To Telecommute or Not To Telecommute

Filed under: Uncategorized — nick @ 7:06 pm

Techdirt posts on extremes in the telecommuting managing fad. For an interesting look into the costs and benefits of working from home, I suggest The Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid. It's a great book that's well written and discusses all of the ways that people absorb and process information without ever thinking about it. The central argument of the book is that even with all the technology that allows us to be somewhere else, there is much we take for granted about face-to-face interaction that needs to be recognized in an online world. One learning situation the book describes is sitting in the desk next to a more experienced worker and all the knowledge you gain merely by overhearing the difficulties and solutions they encounter. I may not be much of a book reviewer, so don't take my word for it, this is what Slashdot had to say:

This book is fantastic. I would like to buy a few dozen copies and pass them out in airports while I wear saffron robes. Or leave them in hotel rooms Gideon style.

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