If there\u2019s anyone under 30 working in your company, you\u2019ve got Digital Natives. Marc Prensky coined this term in 2001, in a paper titled, \u201cDigital Natives, Digital Immigrants.\u201d His starting point: \u201ctoday\u2019s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.\u201d Things need to change, and they need to change fast. Since 2001, many of those students have graduated, and they\u2019re working for you.Digital natives grew up immersed in technology, according to Prensky, while digital immigrants adopted the new technology later in life. Why does this matter? \u201cAs Digital Immigrants learn to adapt to their environment,\u201d Prensky writes, \u201cthey always retain, to some degree, their \u2018accent,\u2019 that is, their foot in the past..... Our Digital Immigrant instructors... are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language.\u201d It\u2019s worse than that. Many teachers either have yet to immigrate or have no intention of doing so. Business is no better off. Today\u2019s organizations and management systems are not designed for either the new way of work that information and communications technologies have enabled or the new employees these technologies have helped to create.This was a core topic at last week\u2019s Seattle Innovation Symposium, an intense, invitation-only summit of educators and business technology leaders led by Harvard\u2019s Rob Austin (Rob chairs Harvard's exec ed program for CIOs) and the University of Washington\u2019s Dick Nolan. (The video from this year's Symposium isn't up yet, but you'll find both video and audio from previous years here.) A panel moderated by Michael Eisenberg of UW\u2019s I-School explored the fundamental question of just how different these workers really are, as well as the benefits and challenges those differences represent.One of the more intriguing issues raised was the fact that Digital Natives view as \u201cco-workers\u201d anyone within their network who can help them solve a problem. While this may be a wonderful way to bring new ideas into the firm, it also exposes proprietary information as workers seek to more fully define the problem space they\u2019re working in. \u201cWe\u2019ve never before seen sub-groups working across organizational boundaries to advance the interests of the sub-group at the expense of the corporation,\u201d said Wharton Business School Professor Eric Clemons. Few companies are prepared to deal with these issues in any comprehensive way.It was great to see so much quality thought on this topic from some of our universities\u2019 leading thinkers. I'll share more from the Symposium in future posts. In the meantime, for tips on managing\u00a0these new employees\u00a0and spanning the gaps between them and the Baby Boomers, check out our collection of articles on managing multiple generations in today's workforce.