Michael Rander

About Michael Rander

Michael Rander is the Global Research Director for Future of Work at SAP. He is an experienced project manager, strategic and competitive market researcher, and operations manager, as well as an avid photographer, athlete, traveler, and entrepreneur.

customer engagement, social objects, social media, online community, marketing, customer experience

Digital Social Objects: Getting A Grip On Interaction

14-Jan-2019 | Michael Rander

Technology makes it easier than ever for people with shared interests, desires, and demands to coalesce into digital communities capable of taking collective, cooperative action almost instantaneously

Tech to Table

12-Sep-2018 | Michael Rander

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The Digital Transformation Mindset That Matters Across Geographies

25-Aug-2017 | Michael Rander

I recently saw a quote from motivational speaker Steve Maraboli that said “Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.” While I can certainly relate with the

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Leaders 2020: Next-Generation Executives And Winning Digital Organizations

30-Aug-2016 | Michael Rander

In the digital economy, the imperative to change along with continuous innovation, rapid decision-making, and continuous changes in a global marketplace is setting new expectations for both organizati

Research shows ethnic- and gender-diverse companies perform better financially and culturally, so why are so many boardrooms and C-suites lagging in diversity.

Why Diversity Matters To Your Bottom Line

23-Aug-2016 | Michael Rander

Over the past three years, workplace diversity has increased significantly according to studies conducted by Oxford Economics and SAP in 2014 and again in 2016. However, while the increase is signific

Will Contractors Change The Future Workforce Model?

16-Aug-2016 | Michael Rander

In the expanding gig economy, independent contractors and contingent workers are making the most of the flexibility and opportunity to accept jobs that are personally fulfilling. But on the flip side,

workplace culture

Living to 100 Has A Price: It’s Time To Rethink The Traditional Career Concept

9-Aug-2016 | Michael Rander

Careers have followed the same general format for generations: You get an education, land a job, try to move up the corporate hierarchy, and eventually retire. However, things are about to change, an

Are Today’s Organizational Structures Harming The Future Of Business?  

2-Aug-2016 | Michael Rander

If the rise of digital workers, changing demographics, contingent workforces, global project-based work, artificial intelligence, and robots are cores premises for the Future of Work, why are companie

Millennial Execs Offer New Approach To Gaining Competitive Advantage

26-Jul-2016 | Michael Rander

Millennials are ready to take over the workforce very soon. According to Deloitte, they will represent 75% of the workforce by 2025. And as they continue to take up a significant amount of leadership

Does Organizational Flexibility And Contingent Work Mean The End Of Succession Planning?

19-Jul-2016 | Michael Rander

Companies that use contingent workers across the organizational hierarchy – from manufacturing floor employees to a rent-a-CFO – are clearly trying to stay as agile and flexible as possible to fac