A new generation of technically savvy workers is working its way up the ranks, further exposing companies to transformative technologies like social media. For some firms, particularly those that operate in many locations, new ways of organizing work that take advantage of knowledge sharing can be an effective response to these business shifts.
A look at the most dynamic companies in the business world today — Google, GE, BASF — reveals a common denominator: none are specialists. All excel in a variety of fields and combine this expertise to innovate new market opportunities and a competitive advantage. IT and innovation expert Vinnie Mirchandani explores the advantages of these companies in his new book, The New Polymath. The good news? He says all software companies have an opportunity to become Polymaths — or to become valued partners to these leading organizations. SandHill.com recently caught up with Mirchandani to discuss the themes of the book and his advice for software companies on how to be a part of the Polymath phenomenon.