Gartner Research

Maverick* Research: When We Are All Freelancers Without a Boss

Published: 27 September 2016

ID: G00306255

Analyst(s): Helen Poitevin

Summary

The rise of the freelance or independent worker is a global reality. CXOs, business and IT leaders and their employees must be ready for when this model becomes even more pervasive. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • *Maverick Research
  • The Future Is Now: the Rise of the Freelance Market
  • Freelancers or the Independent Worker
  • Management in a World of Independent Workers
    • Command and Control Management Style
    • Matrix Organization
    • Business Network
  • Portraits of the Independent Worker
    • Creatives
    • Order Takers
    • Service Providers/Project Workers
    • Work Coordinators
  • Structures for an Independent Workforce
    • Trust and Reputation
    • Contract Value and Exchange for Work
    • Labor Supply and Demand
    • Regulation, Collective Bargaining, Professional Bodies
  • What to Do Now to Get Ready for When We Really Are All Freelancers Without a Boss

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2020 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.