New trends in the workload, problems, decision process, and information environment of corporate general managers are emerging. They suggest that tomorrow's corporation increasingly will need concurrent skills of the leader, administrator, planner, and entrepreneur in general management positions. The firm of the future will also require improved organization structures enabling better two-way communication between managers and experts. Design of such structures poses a need for a new general manager skill, that of the system architect. In addition, statesmen general managers will be needed to make decisions sensitive to the broader cultural-social-political context in which tomorrow's firm will operate.
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