Sometimes researchers just like to have fun. Witness the brightly packaged and imaginative report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Future of Work: A Journey to 2022.

The consulting giant has undertaken a massive global study to see where employers, employees and HR professionals think the work is headed. The report breaks out three types of emerging companies — big ones with lots of internal controls, dubbed "blue;" environmentally conscious ones dubbed — guess what? — green; and an orange category of smaller, faster, looser companies that will break the mold of the traditional corporate image.

PwC comes out with several major predictions as it gazes ahead to 2022. It says that the forces of individualism vs. those of collectivism will cause the Big Three Colors to emerge. Here's how these are defined:

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.