Future of business

In the industrial era, a company’s business model didn’t change much. The way in which businesses developed, delivered and captured value would remain static for decades. But in today’s technologically advanced and globalised world, industries are being disrupted, enhanced and reinvented – at an exponential pace.

The velocity of change – and its breadth and sheer impact – is being felt in almost all countries, sectors and markets. Its impact extends to entire systems of production, supply chains, distribution, and in areas of management and governance.

In a six-part series, we look at the scale of change in the industries that are driving real innovation and shaping the future of business.

Future of business

  • Rail

    Fast track to rail innovation

    Advancements in train travel are notoriously slow. So it is unexpected that railways could be the root of the first significant innovation in mass passenger transit in more than a century

  • Marine

    Automating the high seas

    The world’s first fully automated vessel is expected to set off on its first unmanned voyage by 2022 and that promises to be a good thing for the environment. But the innovation comes from an unlikely corner of the marine industry

  • Uber

    Taxis: prosperity and pain

    Ride-sharing apps like Uber have been both good and bad for taxi drivers. But the introduction of autonomous vehicles is likely to signal a bleak future for all professional drivers – and challenges for insurers

  • Airplane

    One-way ticket to a green future

    Climate change concerns are fuelling a change in direction as air travel industry explores environmentally friendlier alternatives. The risks of such innovation are high, but the greatest risk of all is standing still