While statistical indicators point to increased productivity and excess capacity from our current workforce, other sources caution against assuming any of that dynamic is sustainable over the next few years. Managing our way through an investment-averse business climate since 2001, significant labor reductions since 2007, and expected baby boomer retirement after 2010, we need to prepare our enterprise for significant cultural and environmental change. Though “running lean” is the new expectation for managing our businesses, we may be transposing expectations for current productivity levels with future state capabilities as the economy improves. Enterprise Architects will serve a unique role in helping our organizations navigate their way out of recession and into a sustainable growth model during the next economic recovery.
Journal of Enterprise Architecture