That's what IBM's Irving Wladasky-Berger thinks, anyway. Check this out:
Meetings also occur for many purposes - to train people in a university or business, to consult on a medical problem, to try to close a sale, to offer financial advice. Meetings constitute a huge part of our economy, and of the work that people engage in. We should not be surprised that meetings, - namely collaborative decision making, problem solving, learning and innovation, - will be even more important in the talent-based knowledge economy that we are entering.