Looking forward

At any given time, there are several emerging business trends in society. Some trends affect the birth (or death) of specific businesses, while others offer innovative ideas for how we do business. This article identifies seven big trends that will affect business and project management in the year ahead. In doing so, it highlights these trends: (1) expanding the nature of public-private partnerships (PPPs), (2) tapping sophisticated data sets and refined analytics to adjust project strategy, (3) incorporating the waves of young professionals who are joining the workforce while older workers delay retirement, (4) maintaining effective communication with real-time streaming and social media, (5) managing global talent effectively, (6) understanding energy-efficiency is a bottom-line necessity, and (7) shifting projects to a new tier of emerging markets, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Chile, Panama, the Philippines, Turkey, and Vietnam. A specific project accompanies each of the seven trends.
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