Mike Wing, vice president for strategic communications at IBM, said "Today, the knowledge worker who makes a difference is less a knower than a learner and applier.... The key now is innovation -- it's the only way to stay ahead of the tsunamis of commoditization and globalization. Yes, it's important to have unique, differentiating expertise. But you have to be able to combine, use and evolve that expertise in a radically dynamic market."
The source of the quote was my Basex newsletter, which today changed its focus to Collaboration, and the Innovation potential from collaboration.
Of course, IBMs involvement in this announcement is to promote their collaboration tool, W3 on demand workplace. And while I can't speak to their software solution...I can speak to the benefits of collaboration.
Also critical, as I see it, is the evolving belief that this really is a learner and applier world. It's an advantage to be a knowledgeworker, but it is a superior benefit to be a professional learner and applier....with emphasis on applying what you learn/know. Many are still hoarding the hard earned knowledge that they have gained ('knowledge is power', right?), but those who apply and share are the ones who will be cherished by employers.