Organizational Futures

Athena has uncovered a trend that is permeating the everyday thinking of governments and for and not-for-profits; how to organize amid rapid change? This question is fuelled by rapid geopolitical shifts, technological change and emerging global opportunities. Read how Athena thinks organizations and the future are likely to change and contact us if you need help with determining your response.
What is changing?

2018

RISK

SERVICE

ORGANIZATION

DATA MODELING

AI

BUSINESS

MARKET

Implications

Sentiment analysis
Sentiment has been generally positive to organizational change for some time. While many jobs will be lost in the future, many existing ones will be enhanced and new, more interesting work offered in a variety of sctors.We expect this to continue as the year progresses and more successful implementations are reported.


Metrics
Organizational change is on a high trajectory of change in almost every sector as the search for increased efficiency and effectiveness increases, led by Amazon.


Topic map 
We expect organizations will be forced to implement new business models and structure to cope with organizations, like Amazon, forcing pace on competitiveness.
We recommend you further explore the topics forecasts below, particularly emerging ‘Organization’ changes at shapingtomorrow.com to gain further foresight on how your organization will be impacted in the future by digitisation.


Cloud
Emerging technologies are the key driving force that is impacting on organizational design. But, changes in organizational design will bring their own impacts on all the areas shown in the cloud below; nothing will be spared!

Again, you can explore those of interest by clicking this Cloud at shapingtomorrow.com. Just search on “organisation OR organisational OR organizations OR organizational”. Then click Visualize and select the ‘Cloud button.


Heat map
North America, India, China, Australia and the UK will likely be the leaders in changing their ways of doing business. Have you noticed that these are the same five countries that continually appear here? You can follow these countries and the changes they are making to their organizational structures, instantly at Shaping Tomorrow, and then take their best ideas to implement in your organization.


Year-on-year
This chart again shows the rapidly rising interest in organizational change from many sectors. It reminds us of a Bob Dylan line from “The times they are a’changin”.Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Those who were early adopters of organizational change have dropped down the totem pole but others, seeing the oportunity are now climbing higher. If you are not still climbing, you are going backwards versus your peers. From Dylan again:

“Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.”


Radar chart
We’ve improved this graphic this week to show the most likely impacted, top ten areas of change by 2030: defence, cybersecurity, security, information, healthcare, digitisation, demand, blockchain, market and IoT.


Graphit 
The key topic areas below highlight the coming importance of robots, blockchain, software and information to future markets, demand, investment and business. We recommend you explore the topics in more detail at Shaping Tomorrow to mitigate threats to your organization and to seize upcoming opportunities.


  • Emerging topics

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