Since the industrial revolution, companies have undergone many changes in order to adapt to technological changes and the economy. Those that have not been able to adapt have been replaced by more innovative companies and increasingly ambitious entrepreneurs. With the advent of the collaborative economy, companies will experience new changes in the years to come. What will the company of the future look like?
Changing modes of communication, automation of many tasks, creation of sharing platforms… Technological innovations have revolutionized work in companies, and also economy. But this fundamental mutation of working environments is far from over. The acceleration of technical innovation puts organizations face new challenges of an unprecedented scale.
In a boom, the collaborative economy tends to change the socio-economic model and competes with traditional activities. Collaborative economics is a peer-to-peer economy. It is based on the sharing or exchange of goods (car, housing) of services (car-pooling, DIY) or knowledge (computer courses, learning communities), with monetary exchange or without exchange of money (donations, bartering, volunteering), through a digital networking platform.
The experts agree that the sharing economy will have a major place in the changes of future enterprises. Traditional companies will have to adapt to the many start-ups that will advocate collaborative economics. They will also have to adapt technologically and socially for their employees. So, what will the company look like by 2030?
New forms of employment
- The development of the collaborative economy, but also of the digital, contributes to the emergence of new forms of employment. Hybrid forms of employment, at the frontier of the wage-earning system, appear: wage portage, franchise, temporary employment contract… In some start-ups, workers have direct contact with their customers, are free to decide their schedules and can combine several activities.
- These new ways of working will become widespread in the future, leaving the employee more free of his time and movement. It’s up to him to take responsibility, but it’s a good thing, right? The employer will no longer be as directive and will leave more freedom to its employees, let him work at home or in coworking spaces.
- In a coworking space we share a place, resources, for a few hours, a few days or years. It brings its ideas, its networks, its projects. Everything happens here (in principle at least) as equals. No hierarchy, no schedules, just basic rules of etiquette and a spirit in step with the famous organization in project mode.
New business models
- Some of these innovations are beginning to be democratized. These new business models take the form of free and freemium, crowdfunding or social innovation. Many sectors of activity have fallen behind and will have to adapt in the future. Even sectors so far spared the digital wave are beginning to worry.
- The automobile has begun its metamorphosis and new entrants like Tesla put the builders under pressure. Furnishing, construction, agriculture, hotels and restaurants are already confronted with the arrival of new actors, often inventive, sometimes voracious.
- Not that these activities will disappear. But some sectors are changing, making some place for newcomers, forcing the elders to adapt and even reinvent themselves. What has happened to the music industry and the press, taken between the emergence of free and the power of the giants of the Net, is the perfect example.
The challenge in the future will be to find a way to monetize its services at a balanced price in a context where the collaborative economy will be predominantly represented.
Tomorrow will be all about sharing
- Working or plowing together is the etymology of the word “collaboration” and the heart of the future revolution. In its broadest sense, collaborative economy (sharing economy) is a permanent construction where everyone brings his stone, small or large, paid or free. Carpooling, co-working, crowdfunding … there are no more passive individuals.
- Information technology plays a key role in organizing the meeting between supply and demand at an infinitely finer level than conventional organizations. By using the resources of the megadata, powerful platforms emerge and try to take the margins of the companies by transforming them into subcontractors.
- An increasing number of people no longer adhere to the pattern of consumption based on “ever more possessions”, and on an excessive individualism. They ask for something else, which would look more like them. They want to be consumer-actor. Today, we are a citizen, if not nothing. Numerical platforms abound to answer an ever more demanding need: to consume responsible.
Be a part of the next revolution
- Whether it is to find a job, investors for its startup or a new business opportunity, it is more efficient to ask its trusted professional network.
- The most difficult part is to bring together all the important people of his professional network: former classmate, club business, business club, coworking space… To do this, you can create multiple online business teams. And add people you trust. Then, you will be able to share business opportunities.
With Swabbl, you can share business opportunities everyday of your life. Not only when you meet your business friends but also the other days, online. From your desk or your sofa. It’s really convenient because you can see your business friends once a week and also talk to them, share opportunities, days after the meeting. It’s an opportunity to go further in your relationship and also make clear your needs when you don’t have the time during a meeting. Think about it, you will make business more efficiently!