12 Mar

Networks are the future

Are networks the future of our work? Will traditional corporate companies disappear? Are information technology and connectedness the drivers of nowaday’s changes? And what is the role of young millennials and digital-natives?

Paul Manson wrote almost a year ago: “Without us noticing, we are entering the post-capitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian. Almost unnoticed, in the niches and hollows of the market system, whole swaths of economic life are beginning to move to a different rhythm. Parallel currencies, time banks, cooperatives and self-managed spaces have proliferated.” It is like Lynda Gratton wrote in 2011 in “The Sift: The future of work is already here”. We live in a time of transition. We are shifting from the industrial era with focus on productivity, efficiency and knowledge-scarcity towards a knowledge-based era focused on creativity, connectivity and transparency. It is what Peter Drucker mentioned already in 1992 in “The New Society of Organizations“: “In a matter of decades, society altogether rearranges itself – its worldview, its basic values, its social and political structures, its arts, its key institutions. Our age is such a period of transformation.” Read More

28 Feb

From flexible working to innovation networks

Het nieuwe werken en netwerken 3.0Implementing ‘smart working’ starts most of the time at the need to redesign an office or improve the ICT. But especially for a spatial designer or (interior) architect it is important to examine the client’s view on ‘work’, to pay close attention to the organisation’s culture, and to analyse in which transition phase the organisation is. Just designing a new office is not the solution.

From research of Integron, Facility beleving in Nederland 2012, it becomes clear that at 25% of the Dutch organisations where ‘smart working’ is implemented, organisation’s culture forms an obstruction for successfully practice ‘smart working’. Within these organisations 25% of the employees is dissatisfied concerning the new design of their flexible working environment. What do they get out of a new office, if their managers do not support working in a different way? Read More

22 Sep

Branding and smart working

Smart working, flexible working, the hospitality office, all are terms which are used to indicate working within office surroundings centred around the users – modern man. But what about the brand experience? It’s time to add this to the discussion on smart working and the new society.

The theory of smart working is mostly based on Human Centered Business Process Management (BPM) also called Human Interaction Management (HIM). An engaged, modern employer wants to offer its employees work surroundings that motivate them, inspire them and offer them the possibilities to obtain the bests from themselves. This only occurs if this employer knows what is needed and how to fulfil those needs. Only if attention is given consciously on employees and their needs, everyone can do his or her work well. Then employees can cooperate pleasantly and effectively. Then everyone enjoys his or her work. And that has a positive impact on the success of the organisation. Read More

07 May

Social business innovatie – tijd voor transparantie en client-centricity (in Dutch)

Het is tijd voor verandering. Verandering bij organisaties en hun business leaders. Nieuwe manieren van (samen)werken, de vraag van medewerkers (en klanten) naar openheid en transparantie, media die het mogelijk maken om conversaties aan te gaan. Berlijnse muren binnen organisaties zullen moeten verdwijnen. Als ook de muren rondom organisaties. Zijn we daaraan toe?

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