Conversations: Prof. Michal Biron

The Power of “Skunk Works”: Flexibility, innovation and rapid response

We have all experienced the change that our current world has undergone. On a business-to-business level, volatility is common with industries changing and shifting overnight in response to technological innovations and developing economic demands. The world of human resources is not immune to this instability. New problems constantly arise in the sphere of people management, and routine practices and workflows are not always equipped to respond effectively. 

Skunk works — a term used to define a research and development project initiated by a relatively small and loosely structured group of people — presents a new method for responding to these challenges. These nimble, flexible teams operate outside normal management structures to better innovate and generate unique solutions. 

Michal Biron

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Alice Chen is a Toronto-based freelance writer.

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