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Knowledge workers own the means of production

Monday, March 11, 2013
posted by daveb

“Today‚Äôs knowledge workers, unlike the factory workers of the Industrial Revolution, own the means of production. Ultimately, knowledge workers are volunteers, since whether they return to work is completely based on their volition.”Ron Baker

When you think about it, this statement has profound consequences for the way we think about knowledge workers. It also confines most 20th century management techniques to the history books. If knowledge workers own the means of production (their brains), then aren’t they the new capitalists? If so, I suppose computer software is the new proletariat?