Last Updated Jun 6, 2008 9:47 AM EDT
Question: Are titles still relevant as we start to reinvent the organization in the 21st century?
Tammy Erickson believes titles have developed too much corporate baggage and its time to switch to a different system.
Writing on Harvard Online, Erickson says workers in the modern org want new challenges, not new titles; they want to be able to move laterally or even backwards to where the most interesting work is, not necessarily upward and onward toward the C-suite.
"I suggest we define names for tasks, but recognize that individuals will move from task to task, without carrying an organizational title on their backs," Erickson writes.
This couples with an earlier idea she put forward that we define jobs and compensation by what we do, not how many hours we put in.
Read her post for an interesting view of the 21st century corporation, which she believes is changing shape from a hierarchical triangle to a collaboration-enhancing rectangle.
Have titles lost their meaning? Should they be more function based (software evangelist) than military rank? What do you think?