Jargon Watch: Nanobot

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).

3 Replies to “Jargon Watch: Nanobot”

  1. We should be clear that our use of the term nanobots was intended to be whimsical. We do fully understand that the word has a more legitimate use in the field of nanotechnology.

  2. Also please note that neither Dr Harmer nor myself work at MIT’s Sloan Management School of Management…at least not yet.

  3. Also please note that neither Dr Harmer nor myself work at MIT’s Sloan School of Management…at least not yet.

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