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By Brook Manville

The "knowledge revolution" is greatly permitted, yet strategic leaders now speak of the logical subsequent step: the human capital revolution and the necessity to deal with a professional humans in a wholly various means. The association of the long run has to be not just nimble and versatile but additionally self-governing and values-driven. yet what is going to this destiny association appear like? and the way will it's led? during this considerate publication, organizational professional Brook Manville and Princeton classics professor Josiah Ober recommend that the version for construction the longer term association might lie deep long ago. The authors argue that historic Athenian democracy used to be an creative technique to organizing human capital during the perform of citizenship. That historic answer holds profound classes for brand new forward-thinking managers: they have to reconceive trendy "employees" as "citizens."Through this provocative case learn of innovation and excellence lasting 2 hundred years, Manville and Ober describe a stunning democratic association that empowered tens of hundreds of thousands of people to interact for either noble function and hard-edged functionality. Their publication bargains undying guiding rules for organizing and prime a self-governing company. a special and compelling imagine piece, "A corporation of electorate" will switch the way in which managers envision the management, values, and constitution of tomorrow's people-centered enterprises.

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It remained dynamic over long periods of time, and through serious downturns, because the relationship between the intangibles and tangibles was organic and lively, with values fostering structure, and structure reinforcing and developing values through the medium of practice. T h e citizens' self-identification as citizens grew through their participation in democratic decision making. Over time, their own practical experience helped them develop better and more effective institutions of self-governance.

Pasion s eldest son went on to become a prominent democratic leader in later years. 8 The city as a whole benefited enormously from the entrepreneurial talent of men like Pasion. , and with it grew Athens' public and private wealth. Commercial gain and the tax revenue it generated came to replace the public and private wealth that had been created by the former Athenian empire. The great navy was built anew, eventually surpassing the size of the fifth-century fleet. But the Athenian navy was now used primarily to support commercial rather than imperial purposes—to protect key trade routes.

In many ways, he symbolizes the postwar era, the second great age of Athenian democracy. Pasion worked for the owners of a prominent Athenian bank. The entrepreneurial spirit of the city had encouraged the development of new instruments of credit, allowing for more effective leveraging of capital. Pasion, who proved to be a master financier, adept at managing the very high-risk business of making loans to Athens-based overseas traders, Citizenship in Action was at the center of this development.

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