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Open Thread Thursday: Who needs managers, anyway?

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Gary Hamel, one of the world's leading business thinkers, has said that open source is one of the greatest management innovations of the 21st century.

In his outstanding book The Future of Management, Hamel offered this tongue-in-cheek remark:

"A few years back, who would have dared believe that it would one day be possible to develop complex software with a community of volunteers and virtually no managers? Seems that the hackers who invented the open source process were simply too dumb to know that you can't manage without managers."

What do you think? Some might argue this isn't sustainable in the real world. Do you agree? And how could you make it work?

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Jonathan Opp - Jonathan Opp is Director of Poetics at New Kind. He is formerly Sr. Manager, Brand Communications + Design at Red Hat and has held communications roles at IBM and Gateway. Jonathan also writes about brand, design, communications, and culture at Applied Poetics. Follow Jonathan on Twitter.