The weakness of hierarchies

The linear hierarchical structure has, almost without exception, become the only type of structure used in organisations. The entrenchment of line-based management in modern organisations reflects the conviction that productivity is an outcome of time-and-motion efficiency.  Enterprises invest heavily in increasing motion, compressing time and utilising tools such as fish-bone diagrams, decision trees, organisation charts, […]

Industrial models vs. post-employment

The knowledge economy was supposed to bring unprecedented levels of opportunities to workers.  As more work depended on the use of information rather than manual labour, these workers as contractors and freelancers would have the freedom to choose independence over traditional employment.  They would be able to negotiate contracts that recognise their unique abilities outside […]

Understanding Gen Y Part 2: why employers need to learn to love them

Businesses globally are unprepared to face the challenges of the changing business environment, as they struggle to manage the demands of Millennial (also known as Gen Y) employees and adapt to disruptions in labour markets. This was the finding from a Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends survey released earlier in 2014. Gen Y are frequently […]

Understanding Gen Y: Part 1

I recently came across an article written by a young man who identified himself as Gen Y (those born between the mid-1980s and 2000).  His article reflected on the life of his mother who had served her main profession and few employers continuously and steadfastly throughout her adult life towards the aim of enjoying a […]