That is a VERY good point, Joël Aznar!

The three words describing my Big Idea as filmed during Procurious Big Ideas Summit in 2017…

People play a key role and will continue to do so. More than ever the adage “people are your greatest asset” will be true and organizations will have to walk the talk (…). Machines will take care of more and more tasks. The most mundane ones (for now…). Making jobs hopefully more humans (and maybe rarer):

“What we concluded is that what AI is definitely doing is not eliminating jobs, it is eliminating tasks of jobs, and creating new jobs, and the new jobs that are being created are more human jobs,” says Josh Bersin, principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte. Bersin defines “more human jobs” as those that require traits robots haven’t yet mastered, like empathy, communication, and interdisciplinary problem solving. “Individuals that have very task-oriented jobs will have to be retrained, or they’re going to have to move into new roles,” he adds. (Source: , Fast Company, Feb. 2017.)

My optimistic side adheres to this positive view of the future of work. Machines augmenting people, liberating them from the mundane (read boring, alienating,…) physical or mental tasks, enabling people to realize themselves.

“If we can get the task allocation right, the humans of the future won’t be fighting with robots to shovel dirt, find landmines or drive mining equipment. Rather, humans will be caring for people and having interesting conversations about how to make the world a better place. They should be doing whatever they love and spending time with whomever they love — which will hopefully not be a robot.” (Source: , Techcrunch, July 2016

My idealist side wants to believe that we have our destiny in our hands. Choices regarding the future of work (and of society) are tough and impactful. So, decisions should be taken with sustainability in mind and not short-termism.

“The obligation, and the self‑interest of every company is to build a robust society.” —

As you say, building a robust society is about continuing and even increasing to invest in people (empowerment, accountability, development, coaching…). It is especially required when one thinks about the massive mutation that work is going through. It also makes sense to, among other things, and as you rightly say, since years, especially for the younger generations.

And, as far as Procurement is concerned, the challenge is double. Procurement itself, like any other function, must answer the question of .

Also, it has a role to (as it most probably requires external services and tools). Which places Procurement in a position to influence decisions on what machines and people will do in the future.

This is why my optimistic and idealist sides join forces to declare: 🖖️!

Procurement Digitalist. 👤:

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