The Organisation of the Future: Arriving Now

Posted in : HR Updates on 23 March 2017
Carol Tully
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As organisations become more digital, they face a growing imperative to redesign themselves to move faster, adapt more quickly, facilitate rapid learning and embrace the dynamic career demands of their people. It is becoming evident that traditional hierarchical structures are unable to meet these demands and high performing companies now operate as empowered networks that are coordinated through culture, information systems and talent mobility.

Although Deloitte research indicates that building the organisation of the future is a priority, with 88% of respondents highlighting it as an important issue, there is concern about how prepared organisations are to deal with this issue. In fact only 11% of survey respondents believe they know how to build this organisation model.  This concern is warranted as redesigning an organisation is often a difficult project of trial and error and many organisational redesigns fail as they are transformed into a cost cutting exercise.

In order to effectively manage the challenge of shifting towards this model, organisations can begin by embracing the speed of change, and think of the demands that a digital strategy has on company design. Organisations should also focus on making talent mobility a core value, embracing team fluidity and a more agile career model.  By embracing these changes and moving towards a ‘network of teams’ based approach, companies can begin to leave behind their traditional slow paced structures and move towards the organisation of the future. 

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