The Future of Work Research Consortium
The Future of Work Consortium is a membership organisation. Access to the Consortium resources and Jams is available to members through FoWlab.com. Current members of the Future of Work Consortium can log in to our portal:
About the Future of Work
Over the last six years, the Future of Work Research Consortium (FoW) has brought together a global community of 90 of the world's most influential companies. By combining energetic live events with cutting-edge collaborative technology, we have connected more than 500 executives, all of whom are leading their organisations in preparing for the future.
FoW is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative and collaborative forums for exchanging insights, models and concerns about the future of work. Led by Professor Lynda Gratton, FoW unites academic research and organisational practice to deliver a unique multidisciplinary experience.
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.
EMPLOYABILITY AND LEARNING | Capabilities and Skills | Training and Learning
Technology, demographic and socio-economic changes are disrupting the capabilities employers need, the way they assess these in the recruitment process, and how they support their people in developing these. As major companies such as Deloitte and Marriott are using big data and computer games rather than degree classifications to recruit new talent, employability skills are becoming ever more important. Investment in corporate training has also increased significantly as organisations seek to build and retain talent. But learning strategies themselves are changing with the rise of digital technology, more fluid job design, and increasingly flexible career paths. Within this theme, we will explore employability and learning strategies of the future, asking what organisations will need to do differently to ensure they have access to future-proofed talent. How can organisations engage with the education sector to future-proof their talent pipelines? And how will the relationship between workers and employers transform in the context of lifelong learning?
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.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Future of Work Research Consortium, please get in touch with us.
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