The Change Imperative

For many, the old ways of working are not delivering the stakeholder benefits that are essential to sustained organizational success. Four far-reaching trends have combined to make change an imperative.

  • Digitalization: the pace of technological change is so high and persistent that many organizations feel they must run hard just to stand still. Added to this, the move towards cloud-based Software as a Service forces organizations to continually adapt how they work to the systems they increasingly depend on.
  • Market disruption: innovative deployment of technology can rapidly upend whole industries. Organizations can no longer take their continuing relevance for granted; they must find and nurture their role in their productive ecosystem, using foresight to create as well as adapt to change.
  • Interconnectivity: the extent and nature of our interdependence has been transformed. We feel virtually connected to everything, without necessarily being personally in touch with the things around us. Organizations must deal with the challenge of connecting teams and individuals in environments that are continually changing their form.
  • Stakeholder expectations: these expectations are fueled by technology and interconnectivity, with stakeholders having ready access to unparalleled volumes of information (not all of it reliable) and inclined to strong opinions on just about everything. These expectations – of internal as well as external stakeholders – hold organizations to account and, while they may not always be reliably informed, we believe that this is generally an important force in changing organizations for good.

These trends are forcing a fundamental re-think about organizational design. OnFlow is our response to these trends.