Jargon Watch: Nanobot

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According to the Wall Street Journal Report podcast, a nanobot is someone who operates autonomously from a company, probably telecommuting or on the road. They may have no ‘cultural’ or community tie to the company because they have so little interaction with it. They are an employee in name only, other than their legal status they are are an independent contractor in terms of their company interactions. The term comes from researchers who have been doing work at MIT’s Sloan School of Management

Further reading: Away From the Desk…Always By David Pauleen and Brian Harmer – MIT Sloan Review (December 14, 2008).