Technology plays a major role in today’s organisations and offices, and has contributed positively to productivity and efficiency of businesses. Social media and globalisation may also have lead to an easier way of communication cross-culturally and making business with individuals and companies internationally. However, there is a concern that technology has gone so far that organisations and offices might become both paper and people less in the future. This paper will discuss and evaluate if there is a possibility for offices and organisations to be completely people and paper less in the future. The first part will define and explain the terms; globalisation, social media, office and organisation, the second will evaluate with the use organisational examples of which technology has changed the ways of interaction and services. The final part will include a conclusion and recommendations for the future.
Globalisation can be defined as the following; “The process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on an international scale”
Globalisation is possible due to technological advances as the internet, smartphones, and computers and further back in time by improved vehicles and the ability to travel far distances, making the world smaller. However, part of globalisation is also traveling and social interaction amongst people’s cultures etc. One definition of social media can be websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. (Press, 2014)
Social media has indeed simplified the interaction between people socially it is now easier to gain, have and further maintain contact with people across the world and conduct business with them. Although, there are benefits with social media’s such as easily being able to reach large amount of people, messaging, sharing photos and links to other people. Since, office work can be defined as “(business) work normally carried out in an office, for example clerical or administrative work for an organization” It would be natural to further define what an organisation really is. (Dictionary, 2014 ).
What defines an organisation can be of various meanings but it mostly includes people’s involvement in it. “Organisation - a group of people who work together” (University, 2012) “Organisation- An organized group of people with a particular purpose, such as a business or government department” (Press, 2014)“
Organisation-A group of persons organized for some end or work; association: a non-profit organization.” ((APA), 2014)
This indicates that an organisation would not be an office and an office not being an organisation if people or individuals are not is part of it. It can be argued that there already are people less solutions for larger organisations such as universities known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Where the course work, quizzes, test and exams are all online teaching is on...