Future of Work

Launched by Professor Lynda Gratton and the Hot Spots Movement in 2009, FoW provides a platform for recognising key trends and identifying the ways in which businesses can respond to them in order to remain dynamic, innovative and competitive. It was the first research consortium to pioneer a co-creation methodology based around an online community and draws together leading professionals from high-profile organisations including Shell, the Coca-Cola Company and Tata Consultancy Services. Our members come together to forecast what work will look like in the future and how corporations should adapt their work practices to attract and engage with the best global talent. Over the past five years, FoW has involved over 85 member organisations, welcoming participants from destinations as diverse as South Africa, India, China and Japan.

Derive tangible benefits from business insights

Every year, we look at a number of themes in detail. For each theme, we conduct initial research including a substantial literature review, assembling cases, hard facts, academic articles and conducting a thematic survey or interviews. We then open the discussion to the FoW community through a one-day face-to-face Masterclass followed by a two-day online Jam in May of each year. Finally, we put together a thematic report, which summarises insights from the Jam conversation, and brings together all the relevant hard facts, cases, and academic thinking.

Membership runs on a 12-month cycle and all membership options include access for 50 or more executives (depending on the chosen membership option) to join the FoWlab platform and participate in FoWlab Jams and webinars, plus five invitations to each Masterclass. If you think you'd like your organisation to take part, please contact Tina Schneidermann.

Why Join?

Membership of FoW brings many great benefits. Here are just three of them:

  • Cutting-Edge Research
  • Collaborative Methodology and Technology Platform
  • Focus On Getting From Ideas to Action

Listen to some of the feedback that we received at one of our recent masterclasses:

Members of the Consortium benefit from access to the very latest academic research and practical insights and have the ability to learn and develop in a way that is customised to their needs.


The Future of Work Thematic Approach

We frame our research around themes that reflect the most pertinent challenges for organisations. We conduct initial research for each theme, assembling cases, hard facts, and academic articles to support the findings from our own surveys, interviews and focus groups.

At the moment, we are researching the following themes:

THE INNOVATIVE ORGANISATION | Transformational Capabilities | Leading for Innovation 

What does an effective organisational structure in a highly innovative company look like? What leadership style and capabilities need to be developed to successfully lead tomorrow?s innovative organisations? Within this theme we will begin by exploring how transformation takes place at the level of the individual through self-knowledge, dynamic and diverse networks, and an openness to new ideas. This will form the foundation for understanding how we drive innovation within organisations, bringing together the very latest academic research alongside practical case studies. Members will take the FoW Diagnostic on Innovative Capabilities, assessing their company?s strength in terms of drawing from external practice, tolerating failure, using feedback tools, and scaling successful pilots.

RECRUITMENT AND LEARNING | Less Criteria | More Learning 

EY, Google and other leading organisations have removed degree classifications from entry criteria, while?other major companies, such as Deloitte an d Marriott, are using computer games to identify essential skills when recruiting new employees.?These new approaches hint at a disconnect between the certified skills of university graduates, and those required by employers, emphasising the need for stronger collaboration between these institutions. But, how can organisations engage with education sector leaders to future-proof their talent pipelines? How will the relationship between educational institutions and both workers and employers transform in the context of the hundred-year life and the need for lifelong learning? How will alternative models such as apprenticeships help alleviate this tension? Within this theme, we will explore the recruitment and learning strategies of the future, asking what organisations will need to do differently to future-proof their success.

SHIFTING IDENTITIES | Changing policy | Managing Diversity

In previous decades, organisations could draw general conclusions about the demographic traits and identity of those who worked for them. Today, this landscape has shifted dramatically and individuals are challenged to make many career transitions and shift identities frequently in response both to disruptions facing their industry and the need to be productive over a much longer working life. In this theme we explore how people will need to build diverse networks to enable career transitions and how employers will need to support this process. We analyse the impact of identity spilling over between work and the home, breaking down the previous temporal separation between the two spheres. We will help members harness their employees? ?best selves? enabling both individual and business performance.


Contact Us for Membership Details

The Consortium runs on a rolling 12-month membership, and you can choose between three different membership packages.