In 2001, when Professor Lynda Gratton of the London Business School became a Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) and was awarded a government grant of the order of £900,000 to study performance and innovation in contemporary firms, she and her research team collected data from over 150 teams in Europe and the USA.
This was the origin of the Hot Spots Research Institute.
An overview of the research is contained in Lynda’s book Hot Spots – Why Some Teams, Workplaces and Organisations Buzz with Energy – and Others Don’t.
In 2009, we finalised another research project, this time in partnership with the Singaporean Ministry of Manpower. In 2008, the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) began working with Professor Lynda Gratton and Andreas Voigt from the Hot Spots Research Institute to rapidly accelerate the understanding within the country of how future innovation challenges can be met. The aim of the research project was to find out how teams and communities can be supported to learn rapidly, boost their performance and deliver at speed.
If you want to know more you can visit the Hot Spots Movement website here.
Future of Work Research Consortium
Headed by Lynda Gratton, the Future of Work Research Consortium is a collaborative research project that pioneers a revolutionary methodology to answer a simple yet challenging question: ‘What will work be like in 2030?”
By combining creative face-to-face events, our state-of-the-art online community portal, and the latest virtual conference technology, we bring together a powerful network of academics and organisations to discuss the current trends and future scenarios that will transform the nature of work in the coming decades.
Since its inception in 2009, over 100 organisations and 700 executives have been members of the Future of Work Consortium. These organisations cover many regions and sectors:
Abbott, Absa, Aditya Birla Group, AkzoNobel, American Express, Arla Foods, ARM, Asia Capital Reinsurance, Assicurazioni Generali, Associated British Foods, Barclaycard, Boehringer Ingelheim, BT Global Services, Centrica, Cisco, Coca-Cola, DBS Bank, Diageo, Fast Retailing, Ferrero, F.Hoffman-La Roche Ltd, GEA Group, HCLI, Henkel, Herman Miller, Huawei, IAG, IATA, Infosys, John Lewis, KCOM Group, Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd, Kokuyo, KPMG, Kraft Asia Pacific, Kraft Foods, Lloyds Banking Group, Mahindra & Mahindra, ManpowerGroup, Marks & Spencer, Mercy Health, Microsoft, Ministry of Manpower (Singapore), News Corp, Nokia, Nomura, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, O2 Telefonica, Outotec, Pan Pacific Hotels Group, People in Aid, PepsiCo, Rabobank, Randstad, RBS, Ricoh, Sabic, SAP, SATS, Save the Children, Sembcorp Industries, Sembcorp Marine, SingTel, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank, SunCorp, Swisscom, Takatuf, Tata Consultancy Services, Thomson Reuters, Thoughtworks, TIAA–CREF, Unilever, Waitrose, Westpac, Wipro, WVI.
The research, now in its eighth iteration, has built a significant base around the forces that will shape the future of work, as well as cases on future-proofed company practices from around the world. It continues to build models and theories that help academics and executives understand the future with more clarity.
Membership in the consortium is by invitation only. If you think you’d like your organisation to take part, please contact Madeleine Edwards.