Algorithms are fundamentally redefining the roles of worker and manager.

This article is part of an MIT SMR initiative exploring how technology is reshaping the practice of management.

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a special series of commissioned essays MIT Sloan Management Review will be publishing in Frontiers over the Spring and Summer of 2016.

Each essay gives the author’s response to this question:

“Within the next five years, how will technology change the practice of management in a way we have not yet witnessed?”

Science fiction writer William Gibson once said, “The future is here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.” You don’t need to wait five years to see how technology will change the practice of management. You just need to study companies that are already living in the future that remains around the corner for everyone else.

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