Future of Work and Organisations

By Andy Spence | Including people management, technology, demographics, workplace and rethinking organisations - all with an added dose of randomness.

The Blockchain Man

The term Organization Man is a rich one. From it, we can conjure up an image and a life. It’s a man, not a woman. He’s white, standing somewhere …

Bitcoin

China’s audacious and inventive new generation of entrepreneurs

“NEW era, new revolution. I am a MAKER, for the hearts of the dream.” So goes a rallying cry carved in giant letters on the wall of a warehouse in …

Innovation

Blockchain and the Future of the Firm

In their new book, Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future, authors Andy McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson ponder the future of firm: “In this era of powerful new technologies, do we still need companies?” How are firms likely to evolve given the continuing advances of internet-based …

Bitcoin

The digital future of work: Is the 9-to-5 job going the way of the dinosaur?

Independent work is on the rise, thanks in part to new digital platforms that allow people to find work and offer their skills. What will this do to …

The Workplace

We've Seen the Future of Work in 2030 and It's Pretty Insane

It sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi dystopia (Aldous Huxley's <i>Brave New World</i>, anyone?), but according to a new report, the year 2030 …

AI for everyone - How companies can benefit from the advance of machine learning

This article titled "Wie Unternehmen vom Vormarsch des maschinellen Lernens profitieren können" appeared in German last week in the "Digitaliserung" …

Machine Learning

Automation Could End Meaningless Jobs—And None Too Soon

What makes your work valuable?<p>Does it fulfill you? Allow you to connect with or help people? Contribute to a greater good?<p>Or does its value come from …

Mistrust in America could sink the economy

AMERICA is a grumpy and confused place. For an overarching explanation of what has gone wrong, a decline in trust is a good place to start. Trust can …

When Jobs Become Commodities

<b>By Thomas H. Davenport</b><p>We don’t typically think of the jobs that we perform as commodities. The Merriam-Webster entry on commodity describes it as “a …

Intelligence

New Economic Spaces

The new technological environment of business is marked by conflicting constraints and value-creating relationships that change rapidly and …

Internet of Things

Why Blockchain Is The Future Of The Sharing Economy

Everyone’s talking about blockchain, but you’re still not entirely sure what it is, don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s something that Jack Dorsey, the CEO and chairman of Square and CEO of Twitter, described this week as the “next big unlock,” and something that, according to Dorsey, is normally …

Sharing Economy

Map of Global Mega Trends

Here you go then. Use this link to get to a high resolution version. A3, A1 and rather wonderful AO sized copies on paper are available upon request …

Trends

Culture for a digital age

Risk aversion, weak customer focus, and siloed mind-sets have long bedeviled organizations. In a digital world, solving these cultural problems is no …

Digital Age

Competing in a world of sectors without borders

Digitization is causing a radical reordering of traditional industry boundaries. What will it take to play offense and defense in tomorrow’s …

FinTech

When Jobs Become Commodities

Thomas H. Davenport is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College and a Fellow at the MIT …

Intelligence

"Ethereum Island" May Soon Exist Off the Coast of Africa

Global Blockchain Hub<p>Ethereum startup ConsenSys and the African nation of Mauritius are actively exploring a partnership. This collaboration would …

Bitcoin

The Pop-Up Employer: Build a Team, Do the Job, Say Goodbye

At first glance, the organization chart for the maker of True Story, a card game and mobile app in which players trade stories from their daily lives, resembled that of any company. There was a content division to churn out copy for game cards; graphic designers to devise the logo and the …

Management

The Neuroscience of Trust

Companies are twisting themselves into knots to empower and challenge their employees. They’re anxious about the sad state of engagement, and rightly so, given the value they’re losing. Consider Gallup’s meta-analysis of decades’ worth of data: It shows that high engagement—defined largely as …

Harvard Business Review

A Sociology of the Smartphone

<i>Adam Greenfield</i> | Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life |<i> Verso | June 2017</i> |<i> 27 minutes (7,433 words)</i><i></i> <i>Below is an excerpt from</i> Radical …

Determine

7 Startups Giving Artificial Intelligence (AI) Emotions

Shares 271<p>We’ve written <i>a lot</i> about artificial intelligence (AI) here at Nanalyze, and just when we feel like there’s not much more we can add to the …

Artificial Intelligence

Robot Overlords: AI At Facebook, Amazon, Disney And Digital Transformation At GE, DBS, BNY Mellon

Searching recently for evidence of artificial intelligence taking over our jobs, lives, and everything else, Tom Davenport came up empty. “Nary a robot overlord to be found,” he declared at the 14th MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. A day later, at the 3rd RE•WORK Deep Learning Summit, I found many humans …

Intelligence

Cognitive collaboration: Why humans and computers think better together

Article<p>Cognitive collaboration Why humans and computers think better together<p>January 23, 2017<p>Some have voiced fears that artificial intelligence …

Intelligence

The Seven Deadly Sins Preventing Meaningful Work

People are more likely to view work as meaningful when it mattered to others more than just to themselves. In our article, “What Makes Work …

Employee Engagement

How Blockchain Could Help Emerging Markets Leap Ahead

Much has been made of the potential for blockchain technologies to open up new vistas for business and society. But is there a way for this revolutionary technology to empower the rich and poor alike? We argue that, like previous revolutionary ideas, blockchain has the potential to help developing …

Innovation

What’s now and next in analytics, AI, and automation

Innovations in digitization, analytics, artificial intelligence, and automation are creating performance and productivity opportunities for business …

Intelligence

10 work skills for the postnormal era

World Economic Forum’s skills list is way out of date<p>Dion Hinchcliffe tweeted out a graphic (not exactly the one below, but essentially the same) …

World Economic Forum

Why we need to talk about good work

Matthew Taylor explains why now is a particularly critical time to make good work an integral part of the national agenda<p><i>Watch Matthew Taylor’s</i> …

The Workplace

From chatbots to measuring the lifetime value of employees: AI is rapidly augmenting HR

When SD Worx conducted an online poll of its customers, asking which functions of HR would benefit most from artificial intelligence (AI), it found …

Human Resources

The meaning of life in a world without work

As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose<p>Most jobs that exist today might disappear within decades. As artificial intelligence outperforms humans in more and more tasks, it will replace …

Singularity