The Office Is Dead - Long Live the Office

SPECTRUM Academy opens the new year with an exciting, thought-provoking topic: Future of Work. 

At a time when there is an increased focus on the digital workplace, what role does the physical workplace play and are its days numbered? What are the pros and cons of virtual and physical working? Is co-working here to stay and will it impact the way corporations consume space?

In collaboration with Herman Miller, You will hear from Oliver Baxter, Herman Miller’s Insight Program Specialist (flown in from the company’s Regional Design Centre in Dubai) on research findings around the globe on how workplaces can be designed to elevate the work experience. SPECTRUM’s International CEO Chris McPherson will also speak on how technologies are being used to bring innovation to the modern workplace and its cultural changes. The session will include a tour of SPECTRUM, showcasing the design intent behind the technology and innovation business club in building the ecosystem.

Through the evening of learning and networking, you will gain a deeper understanding on how physical space can be optimised to boost productivity and promote a sense of community in the digital age for an elevated work experience. 


6:30pm) Registration

7pm) Opening, followed by a seminar by Oliver Baxter, Herman Miller

7:40pm) Presentation by Chris McPherson, International CEO, SPECTRUM

8pm) Fireside Chat between the Presenters + Q&A

8:20pm- ) Networking with optional tour of SPECTRUM


Oliver Baxter, Insight program Specialist, Herman Miller

Oliver works with the Herman Miller Insight Group, which is responsible for the  commissioning, overseeing and presenting of Insights into the latest thinking in workplace  design and associated issues.

After completing his Masters in 2009 Oliver moved to Norway to begin a teaching career in  applied Psychology before joining Herman Miller in January 2011. Since then he has become  a valued member of the Insight team working closely with the international sales force, as  well as public and private sector clients. He has been involved with a variety of international  office projects and has been based in Dubai since 2015.

Chris McPherson, International CEO, SPECTRUM

As the International CEO of SPECTRUM, Chris spearheads the technology and business club’s expansion plans in Singapore and internationally. Bringing more than 25 years of regional leadership and management experience, he helps achieve SPECTRUM’s vision of building a globally connected ecosystem.

With a successful track record in leading high-growth technology startups to regional companies, Chris has deep knowledge of the APAC region and strong experience in the business IT and Telecommunications space. Prior to joining SPECTRUM, Chris was Managing Director of APAC and Japan at Condeco. He has also worked with organisations of different sizes and growth stages from startups to MNCs and listed companies including Intel, Raritan Asia Pacific and LenovoEMC (previously Iomega).

A travel enthusiast and an avid runner, Chris has been based in Singapore for the past 20 years.