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Team BT   Delhi     Print Edition: January 15, 2017

The result of tomorrow's battles - among countries as well as companies fighting for dominance - will depend on productivity gains and workplace innovations. Productivity improvements are difficult even with all the technology at our command. The most crucial element for making the workforce more productive is innovative thinking. Meanwhile, the nature of the workforce itself is changing, as are the traditional models of leadership, employment and team structures.

What is the future of the workplace? What do entrepreneurs and leaders need to keep in mind? What should the organisations keep in mind while looking at technology? This section explore these points. While Ben Waber, who leads Humanyze, talks about smarter offices and Josh Bersin, Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte, paints the picture of the future workplace, Ravi S. Gajendran, Assistant Professor of Management at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, talks about the remote working revolution. We also look at the gig economy and the future of training.

Also, one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's most ambitious programmes is Make in India, which envisages India as a manufacturing hub. But for that, the country will have to pursue a very different path from that taken by traditional manufacturing countries that depended on cheap labour.

Dr. Andreas Wolf of Bosch India argues that India needs to leapfrog straight into Industry 4.0, skipping the old models of industrial revolution, and adopt big data, internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning and human-machine interface to compete with the best in the world.

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