Panel: The Future of the Organization
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In the year 2000, acclaimed business futurist and consultant Peter Drucker commented that the corporation as we know it would not survive the next 20 years. Specifically, he noted that it would need to fundamentally change structurally and economically. By implication, many of the organizations we know today do not have the necessary attributes to cope with the world of tomorrow.
To survive, organizations must embrace new ways of managing people and resources and take advantage of new opportunities available through technology. Increasing complexity and volatility drives this future. Problems like unstable markets and currencies, political and social clashes and terrorist strikes, and fundamental questions about economic models and consumer values make organizational futures uncertain and planning and management increasingly difficult. Emergent solutions suggest that in some contexts, distributed, loose networks of individuals may work together to accomplish tasks only large corporations could accomplish in the past. Think of the open-source Linux operating system versus Microsoft Windows or the 911 terror strike versus a large coordinated military campaign in a foreign land. Does this indicate that corporations will not be necessary in the future? What will their role be if not controller of resources, process and goals? What skills will they need?
Benn Konsynski [moderator] (Professor at Goizueta; noted author, long-time advocate for organizational innovation and researcher on how to make it happen)
Steve Delgrosso (Director of the Center for Project Management Excellence at IBM; former Director for IBM Healthcare US Division, board member at PMI)
John Houseal (Deloitte Consulting; Senior Manager with experience in various global health projects including one developing global standards for assessing pandemic response capabilities)
Mark White (Centers for Disease Control; founder of global network of public health professionals; in charge of document clearance at CDC).