The family has also undergone changes. New family types have emerged and will continue to change over their life-cycle. These changes will be driven by increased opportunities and greater personal choice, created by greater economic independence. On the downside, the high-performance society is undermined by growing inequalities and social exclusion. However, with abundant resources, there is a feeling that much can be done to alleviate such inequalities, raising the standards of living for all (OECD, 2013).
I have been writing on inequalities in the previous blog posts, the desire and common goal of being economic independent, Families might take a step further in considering the level of job they are collectively doing. Let’s consider families being considered for IT/Automobiles/or any project instead of companies for various reasons, the most significant be cost. Project needs many formalities which help to keep a track of whats happening and considered necessary to accomplish it. Though the formalities are necessary, and abiding project management theory make it expensive. I wouldn’t direct this topic to project management rather would like to propose an idea which could be seen in future if we continue to move at the same pace. Nowadays companies bid for the project, and mostly the most reliable/branded/consistent or whatever at cheaper rate wins. They consider charging (budget) from many perspectives forming a constellation of processes which might not be an obligation but just to double-check. When we reach to certain level considering these double-check becomes unnecessary obligations, which can be avoided easily. I am objecting on monitoring and operational task which is still continuing with organizations just to fill up the gap and bring continuity in the notion of work. Honestly if you ask people at office, let it be any office, how many hours they actually work in a day? The honest answer will honestly guide you to reconsider those constellation processes in operations. Although I have just considered operations as an example, but I’ve started with project. These two are two different things by definition but strongly coupled.
But beyond the steady trends, we should also be alert to new, potentially disruptive factors.By way of illustration, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and especially the Internet are now firmly embedded in everyday life. However, these are fast-moving technologies, and recent innovations in social networking give an idea of their power to revolutionise social interaction, particularly among young people but also among other generations. It remains to be seen how these
technologies will play out in the future in shaping people’s involvement in education, work and, more generally, society (OECD, 2013).
With rapidly rising computer literacy rates and the proliferation of cheap high-speed fixed or wireless Internet access expected over the next two decades, governments and employers need to further exploit the potential for telework and tele-education as a vehicle for improving a range of key objectives: from improving labour market access for single parents and providing a better skill-base
for young job-seekers, to achieving a better balance between work and family life (OECD, 2013). Considering the pace of technology and education level of the children, since we have seen cloud boom, now Big data is at peak, I guess soon there will be families undertaking projects directly instead of companies. I mean if you significantly make the authentication more authentic and reliable by bringing a sophisticated way of authentication there won’t be anything hindering families to handle project among family members at home forming their own company. I have once posted on my wall when I was on Facebook that in future we might find homemade “mobile” phones. With common goal, more interaction and understanding among family members project can be handled in a different way.
More about Urban Families in 2030 – http://www.oecd.org/sti/futures/49093502.pdf