MIT Sloan Visiting Lecturer Irving Wladawsky-Berger
From The Wall Street Journal
The future of work is a prime interest of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, started in 2013 by researchers Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee. To help come up with answers to questions about the impact of automation on jobs and the effects of digital innovation, the group launched the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge last year, inviting organizations around the world to compete in the realm of improving the economic opportunities of middle- and base-level workers.
More than $1 million in prizes went to winners of the 2017 competition in Boston last month in four categories: Job creation and income growth, skills development and matching, technology access, and financial inclusion. Awards were funded with support from Google.org, The Joyce Foundation, software firm ISN, and ISN President and CEO Joseph Eastin.
“Will artificial intelligence help job creation or put people in the unemployment line?” “Who should pay for retraining so employees can adapt to the technological age?” “What role does government play in the future of work?”
These were just some of the questions asked and answered last week during the #MITSloanExperts “Shaping the Future of Work” Twitter chat, featuring MIT Sloan’s Thomas Kochan and hosted by former New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse.
Over the course of an hour, Kochan answered a host of questions pertaining to the future of work and the issues we face as a society as technology advances. More than 100 users chimed in with questions and comments on topics from how the divisive 2016 election is impacting how we work, to generational differences in how work is approached and viewed.
If you missed it, don’t worry – this Storify summarizes everything that was discussed. Stay tuned to the #MITSloanExperts hashtags for future Twitter chats with our roster of experts and guest hosts.
Kochan, a longtime professor at MIT Sloan, will discuss his research and that of his co-author, Lee Dyer, Emeritus Professor of Human Resources at Cornell University’s ILR School, about the ways in which business, labor, education and government can create a viable social contract.
Thomas Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a Professor of Work and Employment Research, and the Co-Director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He holds a BBA in personnel management as well as an MS and a Ph.D. in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin.
Join us on Twitter on September 20 at 1 p.m. EDT and follow along using #MITSloanExperts, and potentially win a free copy of Kochan’s book.