Deloitte Human Capital Trends in Perspective: The Science of Organization Design and Operation

27 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2017

Date Written: March 18, 2017


Deloitte and supporting organization, Bersin, are arguably the world’s foremost institutions in researching and offering comprehensive annual reports on the status of modern thinking, and the trends in that thinking, in all facets of organizational operations and performance. The latest 2017 report, the fifth in the series, is perhaps their most thorough to date, and offers global leading assessment of modern thinking and the manner it is changing. What is lacking is any scientific foundation, a lack not of Deloitte, but of global understanding of people in organizations, that is, the lack lies in the foundations of global social science.

The question posed by the Deloitte report and all such efforts is: What if there was created a fully scientific theory of people, with a derived theory of people in organizations, how would that modify the report and its implications?

OPD-Theory™ is exactly such a theory, derived from the only general theory of psychology, itself derived by applying a revised scientific methodology to the system ‘a person in their environment’. The technology derived from the science is OPD human capital development (OPD-HCD™ ).

This paper presents the 2017 Deloitte topic summaries and describes how the OPD-HCD™ provides the solution for making more precise, and implementing, all scientifically valid projections in the report, and corrects those not scientifically valid.

Keywords: science of organization design, role of culture in human affairs, empiricism and theory in science,

JEL Classification: A12, A13, A14. M12, M14, M50, M53

Suggested Citation

Little, Graham, Deloitte Human Capital Trends in Perspective: The Science of Organization Design and Operation (March 18, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

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