In 2020 the world found itself accelerated into the future of work (FoW) across multiple dimensions -- challenging business leaders to expand their thinking, strategies and the models they apply to work, workforces, and workplaces. In the coming years, this acceleration will be combined with disruption leading to the re-ordering of business models, workforce ecosystems, and how people and technology partner together.
This integrative course, co-taught by Professor Stephan Meier and Jeff Schwartz, the founding partner and leader of Deloitte Consulting’s Future of Work practice, is designed for advanced MBA students to develop an understanding of the drivers changing the nature of work, jobs, management, and leadership, explore the primary dimensions reshaping work and careers, and to prepare students to lead large organizations and startups with an understanding of these new dynamics.
This is an integrative course designed to link and apply core management disciplines (organization, technology, supply chain, HR, marketing, strategy, finance and operations) with the complexities leaders face redesigning and re-imagining work, employing new workforce ecosystem models, and rethinking workplaces, collaboration and virtual work.
Topics will include the changing nature of work with special attention on human-machine teams, the expanding nature of the workforce including the growth and challenges of the open talent economy (and the combination of on balance sheet employees and alternative employment models), and the evolving nature of workplace arrangements with a focus on remote, hybrid workplaces strategies. In exploring the impact on leadership, the course will consider the changing nature of careers (including the longevity dividend, the multi-generation workforce, and the challenges of life-long learning and re-invention); the dynamics of organizational strategies shifting beyond hierarchical (bureaucratic and administrative models) to ecosystems, networks, teams, and platforms; the opportunity to expand leadership and management models from a focus on direction and control to teaming, development, social dynamics and design. The course will conclude with consideration of how these changes impact individual workers, business and organization managers, and an introduction to public policy implications.
In this course, we use case studies, hands-on exercises and discussion with leading practitioners to understand how to manage and lead the accelerated future of work. The class builds on insights about human behavior and microstructure, and as such will be relevant for large and small organizations.
James P. Gorman Professor of Business; Chair of Management Division
Stephan Meier is currently the chair of the Management Division and the James P. Gorman Professor of Business at Columbia Business School. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich, was previously a senior economist at the Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision-Making at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and taught courses on strategic interactions and economic policy at...
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business
Jeff Schwartz is the Vice President of Insights and Impact at Gloat. Prior to joining Gloat, Schwartz was a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP for 20 years, most recently as the U.S. Leader for the future of work and as a senior partner in the firm’s Global Human Capital executive since 2003. His leadership roles have included global and U.S. marketing...