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What does the future hold for our working lives? This album explores the ways in which organisations are changing; the breaking down of traditional hierarchical structures, the increasing emphasis on self-management, customer-orientated teams, the use of technology to enable more remote working and the blurring of boundaries between organisations, as they form partnerships with each other. It also asks how these changes will affect the way managers will work in the future. This material forms part of The Open University course B822 Creativity, innovation and change.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 35 mins
  • Updated Friday 9th October 2009
  • Posted under Money & Business
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Track 7: Network organisations

The distinction between competitor, customer, supplier and manager is now much less defined.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Changing the way we work    An introduction to this album. Play now Changing the way we work
2 Turning organisations upside down    How organisational structures are changing. Using the Japanese concept of Kaisen to motivate employees. Play now Turning organisations upside down
3 Empowerment    Getting rid of conventional structures for increased productivity at work. Play now Empowerment
4 Teleworking    Working life is increasingly about working wherever you can plug in your laptop, allowing flexibility and autonomy. Play now Teleworking
5 Communications    How our ability to invent and form relationships will be even more essential assets for business in the future. Play now Communications
6 Organisational Forms    How individuals are linked up as “virtual teams”, in ever-changing combinations to cater for the market at any given moment. Play now Organisational Forms
7 Network organisations    The distinction between competitor, customer, supplier and manager is now much less defined. Play now Network organisations

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