Four Skills Tomorrow's Innovation Workforce Will Need


The young digerati will lead innovation, but they'll also need to develop business awareness, an entrepreneurial attitude, bottom-line focus, and ethical intelligence. This article is part of an MIT SMR initiative exploring how technology is reshaping the practice of management. Throughout history, new technologies have demanded step shifts in the skills that companies need. Like the First Industrial Revolution's steam-powered factories, the Second Industrial Revolution's mass-production tools and techniques, and the Third Industrial Revolution's internet-based technologies, the Fourth Industrial Revolution -- currently being driven by the convergence of new digital, biological, and physical technologies -- is changing the nature of work as we know it. Now the challenge is to hire and develop the next generation of workers who will use artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum computing, genetic engineering, 3D printing, virtual reality, and the like in their jobs.

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