Dimensions of the Future Firm

The Future Firm Framework is a multi-dimensional map of some of the key issues we think firms will face in the future, organised by three different perspectives (the firm, employees and society).
It is intended to stimulate debate among accounting professionals about the organisational dimensions (e.g. governance, structures, culture, technology) and respective sub-dimensions that need to change in order to survive and thrive in the future.
We will update the framework based on what we learn throughout the project.

Browse the model

Click below to play with the visualisation of our initial model


Browse the framework

The multi-dimensional approach led the Future Firm Framework to make use of a social network visualisation method, which is a novel way of illustrating relational information such as components of firms and the ecosystem they exist in. This allows for expressing each components’ relative importance and the relationship between them. See the table below for our initial set of components within the three dimensions. We expect this to evolve as the project continues, but would appreciate any feedback on what we might be missing

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  • Hierarchy
  • Networks
  • Communities
  • Team shapes
  • Legal structure


  • Purpose of the firm
  • Leadership
  • Values
  • Behaviours


  • Professional standards
  • Governance methods
  • Accountability
  • Upholding purpose
  • Oversight vs openness

Personal goals

  • Lifestyle
  • Passion & purpose
  • Happiness

Professional goals

  • Motivation
  • Virtues
  • Competencies
  • Learning


  • Motivation
  • Virtues
  • Competencies
  • Learning


  • Platforms
  • Services
  • Tools
  • Data


  • Legacy services
  • Innovative services
  • Delivery methods
  • Client management

External drivers

  • Tech trends & innovation
  • Legal, regulation & policy
  • Resources & natural capital

Public interest

  • Corporate citizen
  • Ethics & Values
  • Innovation & Infrastructure
  • Employment & Learning