IFTF + You
Future of Work
The Future of Organizations, Skills, and Innovation
A decade ago workers worried about jobs being outsourced overseas. Today, companies such as oDesk and LiveOps can assemble teams “in the cloud” to do research, provide sales and customer support, and perform many other tasks. New digital platforms are beginning to act as real-time global online staffing agencies. Using Taskrabbit for example, you can hire people in your neighborhood to do a variety of jobs, from collecting groceries to assembling IKEA furniture. MobileWorks is developing code to match tasks with the best people to complete them. And IBM’s Watson supercomputing system can beat participants in Jeopardy and diagnose Lyme disease in patients.
Coordinating tasks? Determining best workflow processes? Matching people to tasks? These traditional management functions are increasingly tasked to technologies making management itself ripe for rationalization, automation, and serious disruption. Combine algorithmic management with data abundance, smart machines, new media channels, and lightweight manufacturing processes, and you quickly see the need to rethink how we organize work, indeed, how we define work and the skills needed to be productive in the new environment.
IFTF is a recognized thought leader on the future of work, and Fast Company magazine named Institute for the future one of the five most innovative nonprofits developing responses to the changing world of work. We have tracked the intersection of technologies and work for decades, starting with the first studies of the uses of Arpanet (the predecessor of the Internet), and more recently, looking at impacts of collaboration technologies, new organizational forms, and changing workforce skills. We will build on our ongoing research to create a comprehensive and actionable set of tools to help organizations succeed in the rapidly changing world of work.
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For more details on the Future of Work or how to become a member, contact Sean Ness at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-233-9517.