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The transition towards a sustainable economy requires innovative solutions. Which expertise is required in that respect? And how do companies find the people with the right knowledge? To answer these questions, we need to look at our internal organisations, says Vareska van de Vrande, Professor Collaborative Innovation and Business Venturing at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). TEXT Hannah Jansen PHOTOGRAPHY Maarten van der Voorde

Network organisation

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alf a century ago, everything was very clear’, says Van de Vrande. ‘Enormous corporations like IBM, where staff members worked their entire life, ruled the economy. This changed at the end of the century. Globalisation, improved academic research and new start-ups being financed by venture capitalists started to expand rapidly. The R&D departments of large corporations simply couldn’t keep up with all new developments, and were required to import knowledge.’

MORE FLEXIBLE AND MOBILE

‘The preferences of staff members have also changed. Especially the ­younger generation that now enters the labour market, often finds that self-development and accountability for their own work are more important than a steady job until their retirement. They are more flexible and mobile, and therefore switch jobs much easier.’ Finding and binding new staff ­members with the right skill set has always been challenging to employers, but now became much more complex.

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