Research

Research

Going under the surface

Overview

Our research focuses on developing post-industrial management thinking and tools. We seek to develop better ways for investors and firms to navigate and exploit the very rapid changes that are occurring.

By the post-industrial transition we are referring to the combination of exponential technology development and decentralization that is reshaping our economy and civilization. The end point of this transformation is one characterized by decentralized production, machine intelligence, and fine-grained control of organic and inorganic matter.

The transition is a messy process. It is happening at different speeds in different jurisdictions and industries.

The pandemic greatly accelerated many aspects of decentralization, but it also brought with it a dramatic increase in government interference. Economic freedom is declining, and geopolitical tensions introduce additional uncertainty.

Areas of focus

1. Industries and economies – how can we model the structural changes underway, especially decentralization?

2. Firms – How do can managers, boards, and investors help their  companies adapt more quickly? What will the Post-Industrial Enterprise look like?

3. Work – how will the nature of work and careers change?  How should individuals, firms, and educational institutions adapt?

4. Society and culture – how will  mindsets impact technological and cultural development, and vice versa?  How will these ideas impact policymaking?

5. Enabling technologies – what technologies will have the most impact? How can we better track the evolution and current capability of these technologies?

6. Tools and practices – what will be the post-industrial replacements for mainstream management tools and practices that losing  their  relevance?

Research products

CoursesAn Introduction to Post-Industrial Management Thinking (in development)

Workshops for management teams, boards, and investors.

Models: An extensive set of models for all aspects of organizational design and industry structures; many of these have now been in production use for more than a decade.

Papers:  See the  White Papers section for a discussion of implications for private equity, corporate governance, and why “digital transformation” is an incomplete explanatory theory for the changes we are going through.

Our research forms the basis of our advisory work, which in turn helps fuel further research, ensuring that we address the problems that matter most.