What the Organisation of Tomorrow Looks Like


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A distillation of principles from the literature that describe what the organisation of the tomorrow looks like.

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What the Organisation of Tomorrow Looks Like

  1. 1.  Founder – Building the Organisation of the Future (BOOT) Forum Consultant – Business Transformation Programs and PPM
  2. 2.  Methodology Principles from the literature review Ideas for further research
  3. 3.  Research across a Explains •Environment and Context number of dimensions in order Sets •Enterprise Logic to get the full picture •Strategic Imperatives A comparative study Frames to give context – •Key Capabilities traditional versus the Determines organisation of the •Governance, Leadership and Social Practices future Enabled by •Structure
  4. 4. Traditional Organisation Organisation of the FutureA socio-economic era built on the A socio-economic era built on thetechnological breakthroughs of technological breakthroughs ofthe industrial revolution the ICT revolution (and robotics and biotech)The beginnings of globalisation, Unprecedented globalization andopening up of vast new markets competition, dynamic and volatilefor products and services markets, short product lifecyclesA world of unlimited resources to A world of limited resources to bebe exploited –the New World, conserved and sustainedAfrica, India, China and the EastPositivism as the dominant Constructivism as a challenge toworldview the dominant positivist world view
  5. 5. Traditional Organisation Organisation of the FutureA vehicle for achieving personal A vehicle for achieving social asfinancial wealth and power well as financial value and meeting a broad range of objectivesA narrow set of shareholders – the A broad range of stakeholders –capitalist project the social enterprise project
  6. 6. Traditional Organisation Organisation of the FutureStandardisation and repeatability Differentiation and innovation –– mass production mass customisationSize and stability Nimbleness, flexibility and responsivenessA relentless focus on cost A relentless focus on investment incontainment, reducing unit costs new products and servicesEconomies of scale Economies of scope“Sweating” value from tangible Creating value in intangible assetsassets – property, plant and – knowledge and the socialmachinery capital that underpins it
  7. 7. Traditional Organisation Organisation of the FutureStrategy formulation Strategy implementationOperational management Project managementDevelopment and application of The commoditisation of specialistspecialist technical knowledge technical knowledge and the need to dynamically reconfigure and apply collaborative knowledge resources – “dynamic capabilities” and “absorptive capacity”Management Leadership
  8. 8. Traditional Organisation Organisation of the FutureApplication of command and Application of market economicscontrol economics principles to principles to internal organisation –internal organisation – central devolving of power and decisioncontrol of resources and planning making and free flow of resourcesManagerialism – practices Leadership – practices embeddedembedded with the strategic with the strategic intent ofintent of command and control empowerment and coordinationBased on rational legalistic Based on principles of community,principles – sine ira ac studio and renewal practices required to manage sustainability and successCentralised leadership Distributed leadership
  9. 9. Traditional Organisation Organisation of the FutureBureaucracy, hierarchy Application of market economics principles to internal organisation – devolving of power and decision making and free flow of resourcesSegregation of labour by discipline Leadership – practices embeddedinto functional silos with the strategic intent of empowerment and coordination
  10. 10.  Any of the themes reviewed 3 dangerous ideas › OOTF as an emergent phenomenon › The signification of hierarchy with structure – the “semi-structured organisation” › Ambidexterity and matrix organisation as reactionary political expressions