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What is Exponential organizations?

Exponential Organizations was written as a guide to navigating the shifting business environment due to the introduction and proliferation of exponential technologies.


Today’s organizations are built for a linear world: hierarchical, centralized, closed, top down and focusing on ownership due to scarcity of people, resources, assets and platforms. They evolved one hundred years ago for an era of economies of scale and relative stability and predictability.

Our environment is changing exponentially, mainly driven by exponential technologies and globalization. As a result, the world is becoming increasingly open and transparent and we are slowly moving from a world of scarcity to a world of abundance.

Exponential Organizations lays the framework for organizations to adapt and thrive in a world of abundance by diving into new organizational structures that leverage exponential technologies and a shifting global business mindset.



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About the Authors


Salim Ismail

Salim Ismail is the lead author of Exponential Organizations. He has spent many years researching and developing insights about this new paradigm in organizational design. He is the Founding Executive Director of Singularity University and currently serves as their Global Ambassador. Since writing Exponential Organizations he founded ExO Works – a leading-edge consulting company that supports organizations in their transformation journey.


Yuri Van Geest

Yuri van Geest is the Dutch Ambassador of Singularity University, Managing Director of the Singularity University Summit Europe and a triple alumnus of the Singularity University, Exponential Medicine and Exponential Finance. He has since founded Singularity University Netherlands. He was co-founder/lead organizer of successful corporate hackathons and non-profit events & communities like Quantified Self Europe and Amsterdam, Mobile Monday Amsterdam, Lean Startup NL and TEDxAmsterdam. He contributed to many of the ideas and his team extensively researched, validated and ratified all concepts in the book.


Michael Malone

Michael S. Malone is one of the world’s best-known technology writers. He has covered Silicon Valley and high-tech for more than 25 years, beginning with the San Jose Mercury News as the nation’s first daily high-tech reporter, where he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Malone is the author or co-author of nearly twenty award-winning books, including Exponential Organizations.

“I have found ExO Concepts to be extremely valuable. I’ve made The book required reading for Senior Management and we are implementing many of its principles.”

— Paul Polman, CEO, UNILEVER


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