Future of the Company

In this issue

The business landscape is changing fast, with many past assumptions consigned to the dustbin. What does the future hold, and what will it mean for the corporations of tomorrow?

Risks magnified in the modern world

Companies are facing much more clearly defined risks in the wake of the financial crisis

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Company bosses have had to get used to a high level of uncertainly in the running of their businesses. But what exactly are the risks, and how can they be managed?
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Low growth, job cuts, pay freezes: keeping your employees positive in the face of adversity is a growing problem for many companies

How to live long and prosper

Companies that re-engage with their employees may be better placed to survive a volatile future

Data flood heightens security fears

Marketing pushes by companies plus rise in hacking threaten security

Borrowing climate to get even tougher

Banks’ shrinking loan books and default fears mean tighter financing options for smaller companies

Cash flow the key to growth

Entrepreneurs are less concerned by wider economic issues than by rising costs and cash constraints

Interactive feature: What next for the company?

FT writers pick out the main trends that will change the way companies do business in the future

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Power to the people

As the traditional concept of a job for life changes, companies need to invest more in their biggest assets: their employees

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Stars vs drones: Workers of the world are divided

Businesses are struggling to recruit and retain the most talented people

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Video: Are employees prepared for change

London Business School’s Lynda Gratton and Vanessa Robinson of the CIPD discuss the outlook for employees and managers

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Turning bosses into cross-cultural coaches

Outdated leadership models are making way for more co-operative management styles

Job security remains a priority for many

Flexible working arrangements have mostly benefitted highly skilled staff

Ready, not steady, go

Under pressure to cut budgets, companies are focusing on more targeted training programmes

Building a better business school

The global financial crisis has had a profound influence on MBA students and programmes

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Cloud creates tension between accessibility and security

Offsite data storage can generate immense savings but outages can be correspondingly costly

Video: Companies seek tech boost

Technology is changing the way companies operate, and the pace of change is such that no CEO can afford to ignore the effiect on their business.

Big data is ‘the next frontier’

Analysing large stores of information requires machine intelligence and human insight

Interactive graphic: The office of the future

The office is constantly evolving as technological innovations alter the way we work. But what will a typical office look like in 20 to 30 years?

Web design moves towards the bespoke look

Adapting a website’s appearance according to the browsing device is a key way to retain customers

Business intelligence is changing how companies are run

Social networking is influencing the space in terms of everyone having knowledge

Virtual companies face the connectivity challenge

Businesses with remote workers around the world are using a variety of tools to keep their people motivated and in touch

Not every upgrade leads to improvement

We need to do more to make the most of technology we have

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All change: long-term success requires flexibility and co-operation

Reconciling competing demands ensures sustainable business

The importance of creating and keeping a customer

Companies need to foster their markets, says Stefan Stern

Video: What next for the company?

The future of the company is changing fast. Our panel of experts discuss the big questions

From bond to bank: business seeks alternative sources of funding

Traditional financing options are drying up or becoming expensive, forcing companies to look further afield, finds Richard Milne

The death of management as we know it?

The online era has changed the way companies are run

Global competition drives change

As emerging-market companies enter the developed world, they are altering the way business is done, says Stefan Wagstyl

Different kinds of company ownership are gaining in popularity

In the UK, growing businesses have tended to favour a shareholder model, but family-owned structures and mutuals could become good options, writes Charles Batchelor

Q&A: What is the future of the company?

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