Another great read from Australian School of Business this morning. Many small business takeaways in this article, that, similar to other previous articles today, also addresses the struggele and adoption of new strategies to address today’s changed business environment. Human resources, leadership and management
Excerpt: According to a 25-page internal IBM strategy paper, which was leaked to the German business daily Handelsblatt, Liquid aims to provide a more flexible organisation, one that better suits the digital age. Only a small circle of executives – those who develop IBM’s strategy and interact with clients – will retain the traditional steady jobs at the IT giant. All other staff will be hired on a project-by-project basis, sometimes only for days, sometimes for months, depending on the task at hand. Workers can offer their services on a platform derived from the model of online auction house eBay. Not only IBM, but companies from across the world will be able to access these virtual kiosks in a search for freelancers.
To make these free-floating hubs of creativity work, IBM plans to develop a system to certify individuals. Depending on their skills and training, all suppliers will be sorted into different colour-coded categories from blue to gold.