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Rock Bands, Guitar Heroes, and Management Theory

Stephen P. Anderson

Rock bands are a a great petri dish for exploring team dynamics. You have the egotistical frontman (who may or may not have any talent). The group of passionate musicians who just want to create music. The studio musicians who simply do the job for which they are hired. And of course, the rock stars.

So what does this have to do with management? Groups and organizations, just like musicians, don’t all work and behave in the same way. Speaker Stephen P. Anderson will look to the music industry to describe four organizational archetypes—each with a different set of values and way of working. By understanding each of these work cultures, the culture you work in, and the work style that best fits you personally, we can make sense of the conflicts we face at work and become more effective at our job, whether we’re employees, managers or—rock stars!

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It was held on to at imc2. This meeting was graciously sponsored by EMC's 404 User Experience Design Group.