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Globe imageDWF Founder and CEO Paul Miller set out his vision of the future of work at two events this month.

At the annual Digital Futures conference, hosted by Oxford University, he called for greater collaboration between industry and academia in mapping the new landscape created by digital workplace technologies.

Addressing an audience of researchers and business managers, he warned that many organizations were entering this transformational era with little or no idea of how it will impact their operations. “This is a huge problem for leaders in organizations of all sizes. The digital workplace is emerging around them, but in virtually every company I know it’s happening ad hoc, with no overall strategy in place.”

Business schools and academics have a role to play in helping senior executives find their bearings, he insisted. “At the Digital Workplace Forum, we’re working with partner organizations to anticipate, plan for and fully exploit the opportunities on offer. But looking further afield, I see very little in the way of research to help companies design their future. And if you don’t design your future, it will design you.”

Paul returned to the theme of how technology is likely to shape our working lives at a private webinar organized by the British Council as part of its ‘Smart Working’ initiative.

Invited as guest speaker, he guided his audience of 50 British Council employees from around the world through the payoffs and pitfalls of ‘virtual working’ as practised by the Digital Workplace Group and outlined in his influential new book, ‘The Digital Workplace: How Technology is Liberating Work’.

Paul conducts regular speaking engagements – at conferences and within organizations – on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital workplace. You can request an appearance by completing this contact form.

 

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