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How digital forces are shaping the future of work

Several trends will profoundly reshape the context and practice of work in coming decades, according to Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice at London Business School. These include the rebalancing of globalised markets for goods and labor; dramatically changing demographics; the widening of skills gaps; the demise of middle-skill work; and the rise in the importance of talent clusters. But one other stands out as having the most profound impact on the way work is done and, indeed, as underpinning all of these: IT-enabled hyperconnectivity.

“Over the past five years we’ve seen major disruptions to work, and the driver is technology,” says Gratton, who also heads the Future of Work Consortium, a global business community that maps out what work will look like in the future and how corporations should be adapting their practices in anticipation.

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