Every manager is having a midlife crisis

The author is an associate professor of organisational conduct at Insead

Right up until the commence of this yr, the foreseeable future of function was the key concentrate of the lecturers, consultants and executives whose enterprise it is to make successful predictions. The century of management appeared previous. Some lamented the absence of new management theories. Others observed that the bureaucracies of the 20th century, whose existence depended on administrators, were providing way to tech platforms that experienced small use for them. Algorithms were greater at coordinating people platforms’ loosely affiliated and greatly dispersed staff. The robots were slowly coming for managers’ workplaces. Only tech-savvy leaders would survive.

Then the virus arrived, and all that foreseeable future appeared to get there at the moment. The pandemic turned out to be a boon for that new breed of tech leaders and their platforms, turning them from disrupters to protectors of our

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