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Management article
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Reference no. U9805D
Authors: T Brown
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Management Update", 1998

Abstract

A new type of employee--the free agent--is emerging in today''s corporate world. The free agent is less concerned with hierarchy and climbing the corporate ladder and more concerned with constantly working to improve his or her own skills, making teams really work, getting a handle on technology, and being fairly rewarded for good performance. This more "entrepreneurial" employee calls for a new system of management that not only is responsive to employees'' needs but also takes into account how companies will need to operate in the future in order to be competitive. This article discusses the evolving free agent work force and offers suggestions for managers on how to respond.

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Abstract

A new type of employee--the free agent--is emerging in today''s corporate world. The free agent is less concerned with hierarchy and climbing the corporate ladder and more concerned with constantly working to improve his or her own skills, making teams really work, getting a handle on technology, and being fairly rewarded for good performance. This more "entrepreneurial" employee calls for a new system of management that not only is responsive to employees'' needs but also takes into account how companies will need to operate in the future in order to be competitive. This article discusses the evolving free agent work force and offers suggestions for managers on how to respond.

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