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The future of work

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 new research programme sponsored by Ricoh Europe, 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.

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Recognising the future of work

As business leaders across Europe rightly continue to focus on optimising processes, improving efficiencies and driving profits, how many have their finger on the pulse when it comes to identifying the trends that could change the way we work in the future? With technology-led change continuing to accelerate at a rapid rate and collaboration becoming key for businesses of all sizes, what exactly will the future of work look like?