In an article on Enterprise 2.0 (http://www.enterpriseweb2.com/?p=127) one of the main business value proposition bases on the increase in the proportion of employees who does tacit work. It continues to say that 25% to 50% of the employees do such work (as management and sales).
For one, I dont think this is a global phenomenon. In a society where the growth phase of capitalism is at its last legs, this is quite a possibility. On the otherhand, in emerging societies, the growth of the primary productive workforce is at a much higher pace. An interesting factor is that IT adoption in these societies is growing in momentum as well. Any discussion about technology that fails to see this fact is, at best dubious.
While free form collaboration and information availability (as opposed to data availability) is going to be key, it will play out quite differently.
Hmm, this is interesting. Ok, I am going to collect some information and see if this assertion holds up.