I believe the way we work will be changed dramatically in the near future. Even though some people are already working in the changed environment with flexible hours, remote working possibility, mobile work and likes, there will be much more change arising. Thus, also new organisation types will arise.
Three new organisation types
I believe and can see the future bringing us things such as non-structured organisation, ad hoc organisation and borderless organisation. This is going to be quite dramatic change even for those early adopters who are eager about change.
Non-structured organisation will mean there are no bosses or superiors at all. It can mean that for example the customer is the boss or that another part of the organisation expects something from your team, and the team must perform without any guidance.
Ad hoc organisation is a product of the networked economy. When there is no constant and repeated need for a certain team, the team will be formed on an ad hoc base, consisting of freelancers and people from different organisations. This way of working will be very common very soon, and partially corporates are driving this already. Also different type of consultancies are doing this.
Borderless organisation pretty much means working in an organisation that has no designated country or location, and is not linked to one incorporated company. It’s also very likely to to have issues with communication and organising the activities. But eventually, it is likely to be one of the future ways of working.
Would this work?
I have been trying to create situations, where I have a possibility to work in such conditions. It’s not easy, because people are accustomed to so many “automatic” functions that are missing from these different organisational models.
I have also talked with number of people from around the world with similar intentions, and many people share some of the problems caused by this. Some examples of the issues are related to sales, project management, accounting, team and customer communication, time zones, liabilities, contracts etc. – very few of them are actually caused by the actual work, more like the bureaucratic and red tape for the infrastructure.
I believe there is a honeypot for new innovations in this area – solving the issues around supporting the new organisation models.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on how these issues should be arranged or solved, or if you know anyone who has been solving these issues – please let me know.
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