Artificial intelligence, machine learning and an expanding gig economy have cast the certainties of our working lives into doubt.
So what does the future of work hold, and how can we adapt to it?
MBA students at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford tackled these uncertainties as part of the Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) programme, and their studies culminated in a summit on 15 March. Six shortlisted teams presented their projects in a bid to win a £2,500 cash prize, donated by event sponsor Ricoh Europe.
‘GOTO is a platform that spans the entirety of our school including programmes, personnel, faculty and indeed the wider University, and it includes both a digital platform as a well as tutorials with faculty,’ explained Jonathan Trevor, Associate Professor of Management Practice and content leader of the Future of Work GOTO programme. ‘We believe it to be a differentiating and distinct component of our MBA that provides a fantastic opportunity for thought leadership and networking.’
As well as the student presentations, the keynote speaker, Thorben Albrecht, German Permanent State Secretary for Labour and Social Affairs, shared his insights on a variety of future of work related public policy and social issues.
The winning proposal, An ageing population and its impact on the future of work, was put forward by MBAs Gillian Benjamin, Allegra Day, Thomas Meinke, Pranay Meshram, Danilo Pusceddu and Mike Zhang.