James Ware is the founder and Executive Director of The Future of Work…unlimited. He has over 30 years experience in research, executive education, consulting, and management, including five years on the faculty of the Harvard Business School.
Jim has held senior management positions at several leading-edge professional services firms, including KPMG (now Bearing Point), Computer Sciences Corporation, Unisys Corporation’s Information Services Group, and The Concours Group where he served as Executive Director of the HR Concours, a membership organization limited to Chief HR Officers. He was also the co-founder of Work Design Collaborative LLC, the predecessor of The Future of Work…unlimited.
A recognized expert in fostering collaborative inquiry that produces both learning and action, he has led close to two dozen sponsored research projects on topics such as electronic commerce channel strategies, web-enabling business processes, executive leadership and staff development, building HR performance scorecards, and measuring workplace effectiveness.
Jim was a co-author and the lead editor for Cut It Out! Save for Today, Build for Tomorrow, published by the IFMA Foundation in October 2009. The book is a practical, “how-to” guide for facilities managers under pressure to reduce costs in the current economic downturn.
Corporate Agility (2007), co-authored with Charles Grantham and Cory Williamson, addresses the need for organizations to coordinate and integrate HR, IT, and CRE/facilities to develop new business capabilities for competing in a flat, global economy. Corporate Agility was named one of the ten best business books of 2007. Jim was also the lead author of The Search for Digital Excellence, (McGraw-Hill, 1998), an early compendium of e-business casestudies demonstrating the impact of the Internet on business and society.
Jim recently accepted an appointment as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Human Resources - Contract Workforce and Talent Exchange program - where he leads an initiative to develop a formal professional certification program for HR managers and recruiters.
He is also Editor in Chief and a principal writer for the monthly newsletter Future of Work Agenda and posts regularly on the Future of Work blog.
Jim holds Ph.D., M.A., and B.Sc. degrees from Cornell University and an MBA (With Distinction) from the Harvard Business School. He served on the board of trustees of Heald College from 1998 to 2007, the last two years as Chairman. He lives and works in Berkeley, California.
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