The Forces Shaping the Future of Work

Since the pandemic the nature of work has changed significantly. Parts of the workforce have stuck with remote or hybrid models, and employers have embraced new automation technologies. In addition, the emergence of generative AI has extended the possibilities for automation to a much wider set of occupations.

Tobias Thaning

Community Director

According to a McKinsey Institute Report from July 2023, this development means that workers change jobs at a high pace, and millions of occupational shifts have taken place throughout the last couple of years with even more shifts to come heading towards 2030.
We will see that job growth will be more concentrated in high-skill jobs, while middle- and low-skill jobs will decline.

Typically, we see three categories which will change the composition of labor demand in the long run:

  1. Generative AI & automation

  2. Net zero transition

  3. Technology, e-commerce and remote work

Generative AI

The effect of generative AI on businesses is significant and wide ranging with the potential to transform entire industries. So understanding how to deliver the most value to your industry is key.

Leaders that want to stay relevant need a clear generative AI strategy.

As organizations begin to set gen AI goals, they’re also developing the need for more gen AI–literate workers. As generative and other applied AI tools begin delivering value to early adopters, the gap between supply and demand for skilled workers remains wide. Source: McKinsey Technology Trends Outlook 2023

Below we have listed a number of programs seeking to provide leaders with the understanding of forces reshaping business and society - and with insights and perspectives that enhance the managerial tool box when responding to changes.

Upcoming programs

Duration: 5 days
Date: 19 August 2024

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a disruptive force that is reshaping business, government, and society. Understanding the applications of AI within organizations and having a grasp of the associated challenges is essential for leaders in both the public and private sectors. This course explores how to harness AI for organizational innovation and entrepreneurship

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Duration: 3 days
Date: 19 August 2024

When employees have high expectations about work, organizations need to change their practices to enhance retention and productivity. This research-based course presents models and methods that enhance the managerial tool box when responding to changes.

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Duration: 3 days
Date: 12 August 2024

Acquire the abilities to inspire and empower employees in achieving talent growth, guiding the organization toward success.
Gain the skills to be an inclusive and sustainable leader who creates a work environment where you inspire and support employees in growing their talents. In this course, you will be exposed to several core themes around the future of work and people leadership. 

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Executive Morning Brief
Date: 28 February 2024
45 min free, virtual brief on Building Sustainability Governance – Beyond Compliance

HR-konferencen Cranet (in Danish) 
Date: 7 March 2024
1-day conference bridging HRM research and practice - interesting key notes and workshops for HRM professionals.

Fremtidens Organisering (in Danish)
Date: 12 August 2024 
5-day program giving you insight, inspiration and tools to understand and adapt to a two-sided organization

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The Fearless Organization
By Amy C. Edmonson
The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy. With so much riding on innovation, creativity, and spark, it is essential to attract and retain quality talent - but what good does this talent do if no one is able to speak their mind?
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