Eliminating future shock: the changing world of work and the organization

Sohail Inayatullah

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Purpose - To explore the alternative futures of work and the changing nature of the organization. Design/methodology/approach - Along with a long-term macrohistorical approach, two futures methods are used: emerging issues analysis and scenarios. Findings - Four scenarios are developed: business as usual (pendulum of labour versus capital); social and innovative transformation (moving toward the triple bottom line and flatter organizations); gut-wrenching globalization (outsourcing of everything and the end of the nation-state); and the unknown world (dramatic changes in the nature of work and organization, particularly because of AI technologies). Originality/value - Novel approach in linking macrohistory to emerging issues to scenarios. Challenges litany approaches to work and the organization and links with deeper worldviews.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Globalization
  • Older workers
  • Outsourcing


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