The Global Future of Work—The Future Place and Structure of Work

Trade, Technology, and Transparency to Shape the Workplace in 2025

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The Global Future of Work—The Future Place and Structure of Work applies a multi-faceted approach to answering the question: where will work take place in 2025? Topics include international trends, such as mega-regional trade deals and right-shoring considerations; workplace design and format trends, such as smart offices and innovative retail space models; and organization and virtual trends, such as startup ecosystems and enhanced virtual collaboration technologies. Snapshots are provided for both developed and developing economies, and sector highlights consider how environmental changes and competitive national strategies aim to divert agricultural, industrial, and service work, globally. The study period

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
The Future Place and Structure of Work—Key Findings
Scope of Study—Trend, Economy, and Sector Coverage in the Future Place and Structure of Work
Economic and International Trends
Organization and Virtual Trends
Economy Types
Design and Format Trends
Economic Sectors
2. Research Methodology and Key Definitions
Research Methodology—From Macro-to-micro
Identify the Mega Trend through brainstorming sessions
Identify the sub-trend through scenario-building exercises
Assess the impact of the Mega Trend on a micro level
Opportunities analysis
List of Definitions
Mega-regional Trade
Mega Trend
Startup Ecosystem
Internet of Things
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
3. Economic and International Trends Driving the Future Place of Work
Economic and International Trends—Key Findings
Mega-Regionals Will Hasten Global Free Trade and Divert Trade Routes
Mega-Regionals Have the Potential to Redirect Business
The Global Value Chain Determines What Work is Done Where
Determining Where to Shore is Becoming Increasingly Complex
Future FDI Prioritizes Infrastructure and Innovation over Labor Costs
Global Real Estate Vehicles Will Stabilize Some Commercial Markets
Office Space Cycles Promise Increasing Rates in Developed Economies
Ease of Business Scores Are on an Upward Trend
Global Work Centers Will Include Economies on the Rise
Five Trends Will Define Future Multinational Footprints
“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
Trade Route Expansions and Diversions
Global Business Climate
Dispersion and Disaggregation
4. Design and Format Trends Driving the Future Place of Work
Design and Format Trends—Key Findings
Next-Gen Corporate Campuses Take Cues from Collegiate Design
Workers and Tenants Will Expect Smart Structural Advantages
Future Office Buildings Will Reduce Their Ecological Footprints
Office Space Design Will Engender Collaboration
Design Will Pay Greater Attention to Diverse Styles and Sizes
Office Space Evolution—Cases-in-Point
What’s Next in Commercial Real Estate Analytics and Transparency
Collective, Shared, Rented—Office-on-demand Options are Expanding
On-the-go Retail Will Avoid Permanence and Prioritize Speed
Work Spaces Will Evolve with Increasingly Urbanized Settings
“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
5. Organization and Virtual Trends Driving the Future Place and Structure of Work
Organization and Virtual Trends—Key Findings
Emerging Startup Hotbeds Will Disperse Economic Opportunity
Organization Structures Will Reduce Bureaucratic Inefficiencies
2025’s C-Suite Will Focus on Technology, Talent, and Territory
Globally, Mobile and Remote Workers are Expected to Increase
The Remote Office—Social Enterprise in an Age of Increasing Speed
The Remote Lab—R&D/Innovation’s Increasing Use of Virtual Space
Online Procurement—B2B Commerce in the Marketplace Era
“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
6. Snapshots of the Future Place and Structure of Work in Developed and Developing Economies
Snapshots of Economies—Key Findings
Developed Economies Will Benefit from Existing Technological Gaps
A Deeper Dive—The Netherlands’ Approach to Future-proofing Work
Developing Economies Will Increase Global Trade Activity
A Deeper Dive—Kenya’s Connectivity to Drive Workplace Change
“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
7. Sector Scenarios
Sector Scenarios—Key Findings
Agricultural Work Will Expand Where Arable Land and Water Resources Are Abundant, and Where Productivity Stands Improvement
Globalization in the Industrial Sector Will Drive More Governments to Set Manufacturing Strategies
Services Sector Will Drive Income Growth in Developing Economies
“Macro-to-micro”—Strategic Recommendations and Predictions
8. The Last Word
3 Big Predictions
Legal Disclaimer
9. Appendix
Full List of Slide Titles
List of Countries Grouped by Economy Type or Organization
List of Countries Grouped by Region
Full List of Subsectors by Economic Sector


List of Figures & Charts

1. Pending Mega-Regional Trade Agreement Trade Flows, Global, 2015
2. Pending Mega-Regional Trade Agreement Trade Flows, Global, 2015
3. Trade Flow Trends, Select Economies, 2005, 2010, and 2015
4. Factors Influencing Investments and Sourcing, Global, 2015–2025*
5. Manufacturing GDP Growth versus Future FDI, Innovation Index,
6. Select Economies, 2015 Select Economies, 2005–2015*
7. FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Return Trends for Select Indices, Global, 2005–2015
8. Average Price for Select Office Markets, Global, 2010 and 2015
9. Projected Metropolitan Class A Office Costs, Select Markets, 2014–2016
10. Business Ease Index, Select Economies, 2010, 2015, and 2016
11. Overview of Select Rising Economies, Global, 2010 and 2015*
12. Trends in Future Multinational Footprints, Global, 2015–2025
13. Next-Gen Mega-campus Design, Global, 2015
14. The Potential Future of Smart in Commercial Structures, Global, 2025
15. Sample Certification Imperatives for the Living Building Challenge, Global, 2015
16. LEED-certification Breakdown Excluding North America, Global, September 2015
17. Cumulative LEED Activity, Global, September 2000–2015*
18. Microsoft’s Neighborhood Approach, Global, 2015
19. Emerging Organization Structures, Global, 2015–2025
20. Emerging C-Suite Titles, Global, 2015–2025
21. Projected Mobile Workforce Population, Global, 2010–2020
22. Connected Work Telecommuting Frequency by Region, Global, 2012
23. Mobile Device Trends, Global, 2020
24. Average and Peak Connection Speeds by Economy, Global, Q2 2015
25. Total PPP R&D Spend by Economy, Global, 2025
26. Approximate Percent of Collaboration in R&D by Activity, Global, 2014
27. Estimated Percentage of B2B Internet-enabled Sales of Total eCommerce Sales, US and UK, 2020
28. Estimated Percentage of B2B Internet-enabled eCommerce Sales by Region, Global, 2020
29. B2B Internet-enabled eCommerce Drivers and Restraints, Global, 2015–2020
30. Percentage of Total eCommerce Sales of Total Sales by Industry, US and UK, 2012
31. Trade Indicators and Mandatory Contributions, Developed Economies, 2015*
32. Technology and Innovation Activity Indicators, Developed Economies, 2010–2020
33. Trade Indicators and Mandatory Contributions, Netherlands, 2015 and 2016*
34. Trade, Technology, and Innovation Activity Indicators, Developing Economies, 2010–2015*
35. Trade Indicators and Mandatory Contributions, Kenya, 2015 and 2016*
36. Agricultural Mega Producers, Select Regions, 2025
37. Manufacturing Strategies, Select Economies, 2025
38. Services Sector Surges, Select Economies, 2005, 2015, and 2025

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