The way we work has been shaped throughout history by a number of factors, such as technology, economics, politics, and the environment.

Organisations that stand the test of time are those that have successfully adapted to the ever changing nature of work.

They have adopted the working styles, technologies, management techniques and organisational characteristics that are valuable (and rejected those that are not).

Those that cannot adapt run the risk of disruption by newer, unrestricted rivals. With that in mind, identifying the emerging trends that will shape the way we work in the future is more important than ever, placing business leaders in good stead to prepare and respond.

In an innovative research programme sponsored by Ricoh, the Economist Intelligence Unit sets out to identify the key trends that will shape the world of work in the next 10 to 15 years.

By interviewing thought leaders from a wide variety of specialisms – including technology, design and the social and environmental sciences – their visions for the future of work will be brought to life.

The results of the study have been published in an informative report entitled Automated, Creative and dispersed – the future of work in the 21st Century.

Download the PDF report now. 'Automated, Creative and dispersed – the future of work in the 21st Century'

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