In watching the del. icio. us feed for the business+book this week, there have been a number of webizens that are paying attention to Stephen Baker's The Numerati.
The Sept 8th cover story of BusinessWeek titled "Managing By The Numbers" was an excerpt adapted from the book about amazing work being done at IBM:
"I'm here to find out how Takriti and his colleagues go about turning IBM's workers into numbers. If this works, his team plans to apply these models to other companies and to automate much of what we now call management."
You can find the introduction excerpted and an active weblog on The Numerati website.
The book I would correlate this with is last year's Super Crunchers by Ian Ayres, which is out in paperback now.