20 years ago, we created Eden McCallum with the simple idea that we could make consulting better for clients and better for consultants, by working with a curated network of the best independent professionals. The year was 2000 – before the gig economy and ‘platform’ business models went mainstream. The firm has continued to innovate…
Since Africa has only a very small formal economy, it already operates a diversified gig economy successfully. The continent is, moreover, already culturally predisposed towards highly empathetic jobs that prioritise diversity and adaptability rather than purely technical jobs requiring set qualifications. Its existing informal gig or task-based economy means that the continent’s work force is largely fit for purpose from the perspective of the 4IR.
Your report “Gig economy’s ‘glass cage’ trap for women taking freelance path” (October 17) made some interesting points but missed an important part of the story. Two surveys carried out by Eden McCallum, in partnership with London Business School (and the FT in 2016), have shown that, for management consultants, the gender pay gap closes
While firms have traditionally competed with each other for talent, now they are competing with another alternative: going independent
What are the benefits and challenges that highly skilled workers face when they move to independent work? What skills can help them to thrive?
Forbes April 2019
The emergence of freelancing as a legitimate category of work is allowing professionals to have their cake and eat it too: Julian Birkinshaw and Dena McCallum examine the rise of the freelance professional.
Research by Eden McCallum and LBS finds that the gender pay gap virtually disappears for female consultants when they go freelance
I have a confession. As an MBA student at London Business School I fervently argued about “portfolio careers” with my professor, Charles Handy, when he talked about the thesis of his now-revered book, The Future of Work.
“Pah!” I said, “More part-time work? People with a multitude of skills?” Well, it’s time to own it, Charles: I was wrong.
Directive leadership is not better or worse than empowering leadership. Each style is effective in some contexts while ineffective in others. To better apply empowering and directive leadership when the occasion calls for it, consider three common illusions of leading teams and how to address them.
Forbes January 2018
Professor Freek Vermeulen discusses innovation through focusing your value proposition on a specific group, using Eden McCallum’s business model as a case example.
Product businesses will never win against platforms like Uber or Amazon. What if much of what is being taught at business schools is out of date? What if business models fundamentally need to change, and soon? What if apparently well-established incumbents are even more vulnerable to new entrants than they realise? Scary questions. Perhaps even…