The future of work: staying on the positive side of technology

The long-term effects of the Covid-19 crisis are still mainly in the dark, but it is already clear that our experiences with remote work will shape the future of work going forward. Our increased use of technology already leads to cleaner air and lower CO2 emissions, improves work-life balances, and increases collaboration. Technology has always paved the way for a better future. We created it to benefit us. But its use requires cautious decisions that balance the positive and negative…

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Future of logistics report released

Background The report builds on a 2017 study issued by the German Logistics Association BVL. The BVL Singapore members wanted to review, update it and especially add the Asian perspective. Thomas Martin from Forward Intelligence Group created an initial trend map from the report that served as an input to a workshop conducted with the BVL Singapore members. In that workshop, the team discussed and aligned their views on how the industry works and will evolve in Asia. As a…

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Edge execution requires guidance – an example from the US military

Edge execution requires guidance - an example from the US military Edge execution avoids long decision-making cycles and allows organizations to react to new developments quickly. It requires the delegation of decision making to font-line people who are likely to encounter new developments first. Traditionally, the new development would be reported up the command chain, probably altered in process and then subjected to a consent and planning-based decision-making process before the final decision is eventually communicated down for execution again.…

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ESPAS publishes survey on foresight in governments

ESPAS publishes survey on foresight in governments The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) has published initial findings from a survey of foresight activities across 22 countries including Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Russia, Sweden and US. The authors highlight their findings in a short report that looks at how foresight programmes are structured, and how they are integrated with policy-making. After a brief, historical survey of contemporary foresight, the study explores how different countries approach foresight. They find that developing countries are more likely to produce “centralised planning documents linked to a vision…

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A call for agile strategy development

A call for agile strategy development Globalization, fiercer competition and shorter innovation cycles challenge classic intermittent strategy development approaches. Agile methods turn strategy development into a continuous activity ensures alignment with changed situations, improves execution and reduces wasting resources in pursuit of obsolete objectives. Every year the executive offices are suddenly empty. It's "strategic planning off-site" time: Review last year’s plan, do a SWOT, define the objectives for next year, write a long strategic plan and hand it to those…

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