Futuribles Journal n° 417

Économie, emploi - Entreprises, travail

The Hidden Revolution: The Role of Intangible Factors


In this dossier on productivity and how it has changed over time, André-Yves Portnoff looks at matters from a fresh angle, aiming to downplay the importance accorded to productivity as currently measured by economic indicators. He aims to show, among other things, that a whole swathe of the digital revolution isn’t accounted for by current productivity indicators. It is this “hidden revolution”, resting on intangible factors that are more qualitative than quantitative (a revolution which actually began way before the so-called “digital wave”), that he outlines here. Whether in terms of the management of human resources, the internal organization of companies and the management of their external relations, the promotion of innovation etc., digital technology offers many opportunities that aren’t adequately reflected in the classical indicators, even though they represent genuine drivers of growth and of long-term economic good health for organizations.

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