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Well, this was certainly a fun read - and strangely reminiscent of a similar thread I read (http://www.worldatwork.org/community/discussions/discuss.jsp?did=38753), almost exactly one year ago. Even the relative [past/future] timeframe(s) were similar (don't you just I hate it when PwC copies stuff . . .).

Glancing through the PwC report, I saw a surprising number of similarities between the predictions - despite the one-year separation. Suspect I will out of the workforce by 2022, but it will be interesting (and unnerving) to see what actually unfolds and takes hold.

Do you suspect they used a "secret sauce" to merely "update" it? I got a "This topic is no longer available" message at your link.

PwC has done 2 other surveys on orange, blue and green worlds. One in 2011 and another 2008. I haven't gone back and read them but it would be interesting to see if there are changes in the current one.

The blue world interests me because there have been articles in the Economist saying that huge multinationals will have more power than governments in the future.

And in comparing companies to governments now ---Wal-Mart's sales revenues are higher than the GDPs of all but 25 countries, according to Rothkopf --- CEO of the FP Group.

The extreme case of capitalism I think.

Multinationals spanning many nations are frequently bigger than individual countries. That's not a new development, since the term "banana republic" has been around for over a century. The Maldives and Philippines are current examples.

The capitalist approach seems more "alive" today than the other two alternatives. But, of course, things WILL change.

Forget PwC's predictions. Watch this 15 minute video entitles Humans Need Not Apply (www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU).

Afterwards, which jobs will even remain?

Gets you thinking......

"Multinationals spanning many nations are frequently bigger than individual countries."

I look forward to an explanation of why this might be a bad thing. All in all, you are apt to find considerably more meritocracy and procedural justice, and significantly less stupidity, racism, sexism, homophobia and other pathologies in a global multinational.

No one claimed it was "a bad thing," Tony. It is simply a neutral fact, independent of any value judgment. One can argue about how power is used, for good or for ill, but that's not the subject here.

History repeats itself, perhaps. There were at least four nations who created East India Companies over the last 500 years. The British crown corporation reflected a number of the attributes named in the PwC report. Even Canada still has crown corporations.

Good video Warren. Don't know if you've read The End of Work by Jeremy Rifkin but it was written in 1995 and eerily like the video. His prediction of what people will do is interesting. Give it a read. When I first read it in 1995 I thought it was baloney --- a reread in the last year gave me pause . . .

Sorry Jim, I got confused about your "secret sauce" reference and started looking around for some sort of sauce that might be "secret" here at work . . .

Yes, looks like something was awry with the original hyperlink. This one (http://www.worldatwork.org/community/discussions/discuss.jsp?did=38809&tid=38809&frm=sr) seems to be working.

Aha! That discussion covers a 1998 Workforce survey projected to predict 2025. Not done by the same folks, it appears, although similar ideas appear. Also has some interesting thoughts, like:
•As labor supply and outsourcing increases, labor unions will gradually disappear entirely
•With the need to maximize incomes to maintain living standards, work/life balance will gradually lose emphasis and importance

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