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 What if much of what is being taught at business schools is out of date?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…
First they came for the taxi drivers, and I said nothing, because I was not a taxi driver. Then they came for the food delivery people, and I said nothing, because, well, I didn’t do that sort of thing either. But now the ‘gig economy’ is heading for professional services and People Like Us. Should we be scared? No. Better to keep calm and you-know-what…
Recent headlines have centered on digital platforms such as Airbnb, Uber and Upwork and the low-end gigs they offer. But the demands of corporate life – such as the mantra “do more faster with less” – are making meaningful, short-term projects more attractive for experts working in professional services. The industry provides a case in point for the changing nature of work. What constitutes work is changing by the day.
Increasingly, there are also disruptive employment models out there taking the gig economy to the next level. For instance, Eden McCallum offers the skills and experience of a major consulting firm, but all its workforce is independent, with the company vouching for the people it takes on.
With politics, the economy and the world of work going through unpredictable times, MT in association with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) put together a panel to discuss how businesses can best operate in this climate.
“Digital is coming and it’s coming fast”; “No industry sector is immune to disruption”; “One thing is certain about digital transformation: It will be a big change for your entire organization”; “Digital will disrupt your industry.” Judging by the headlines and opening lines of recent articles and business books, digital is about to disrupt your industry and you with it – unless you act now (and buy the book).
And, in fact, I don’t disagree – at least not entirely…
A new generation of consultants is breaking off from the larger organisations. These ‘free’ organisations don’t measure success in terms of the ability of their people to sell the next project, and they say that for them hierarchy and chargeability come after ensuring the right person is on the right project. Three non-traditional players held…
Management Today EDITOR’S BLOG: Call me a remoaner if you will, but I’m not the only one who sees dark clouds ahead, says Matthew Gwyther. There is currently no greater sin within the heart of government or on the pages of The Daily Mail than talking our economy down. It is seen as treachery. The…
FT: The Business of Consulting – Survey suggests flexibility, shorter hours and similar pay are behind a boom in freelancing, says Andrew Hill
A sophisticated HR strategy might come to form the very heart of a company’s entire business model. For example, strategy consulting company Eden McCallum offers a service that is not all that different from other consulting companies, but its talent management strategy – based on operating a pool of freelancers – is unique…
… a survey of 251 current and 108 former independent consultants in the UK suggests both the attractions and the perils of the role, and hints at future growth. Eight out of 10 current or former freelance consultants believe independent consulting will increase in the future. Even among a smaller control group of consultants who have never tried it, three-quarters believe independent consulting will grow.