Big Idea Future of the Workforce


Elizabeth J. Altman

Elizabeth J. Altman

Associate professor, Manning School of Business, UMass Lowell

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MIT SMR and Deloitte continue their research on the future of workforce for a fourth consecutive year in 2023.

In 2020, the research team focused on opportunity marketplaces: internal platforms that help organizations develop, engage, and retain talent. In 2021, the team published on workforce ecosystems: structures that consist of interdependent actors, from within the organization and beyond, working to pursue both individual and collective goals. In 2022, the team further explored how management practices must evolve to oversee a workforce comprised of a varied set of actors and continue to look at this topic in 2023.

2023 Research

The 2021 Research Report

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Harvard Business Review, October 31, 2023

Big Think, September 23, 2023

MIT Sloan Ideas Made to Matter, August 1, 2023

Forbes, May 5, 2023

Forbes, April 19, 2023

Weizenbaum Institut, March 23, 2023

EmTech Next, June 6, 2022

Forbes, May 28, 2022

Forbes, May 24, 2022

TechCrunch, November 17, 2021

Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2021

Training Industry, May 20, 2021

The Enterprisers Project, April 21, 2021


Axios, April 14, 2021

Tech Republic, April 13 2021


EmTech Next, June 8-10, 2021

Deloitte Dbriefs Webcast, May 18, 2021