Work in the 21st Century: How Do I Log On?

Peter K. Ross
Griffith University, Australia

Susan Ressia
Griffith University, Australia

Elizabeth J. Sander
Bond University, Australia

Emma Parry
Cranfield School of Management, UK

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Product Details
13 Jul 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
224 pages - 152 x 229mm
The Changing Context of Managing People
The world of work is rapidly changing. What then do 21st century workplaces look like, and what factors are supporting these workplace changes? Globalisation, financial and labour market deregulation, and rapid technological advances have accelerated workplace change and skill requirements. Organisations, for example, need to increasingly manage geographically diverse and technologically-mediated workplace relationships. Advances in artificial intelligence and automation are further questioning the future and nature of work itself.  

This book identifies and examines the institutions, frameworks and technologies that are emerging to support these new work practices. It analyses changing work environments, entrepreneurial and self-employment strategies, global virtual labour markets and the impacts of data analytics and automation on work practices and skill sets. It is critical for governments, practitioners and academics to better understand how to harness the benefits and meet the challenges of these new organisational workplace practices. Further, it requires informed choices and decisions on the part of individuals, as they seek to log on to work in the 21st century.
1. Spatial design, worker productivity and well-being
2. “Work as a thing you do, not a place you go” – technological versus geographical proximity
3. Coworking – because working alone sucks!
4. Born global? SME entrepreneurship in a cloud context
5. Overcoming labour market disenfranchisement: entrepreneurship, women and migrant workers
6. Global virtual labour markets: The ‘human cloud’ and offshore employee leasing
7. Data driven management, artificial intelligence and automation
Ross, Ressia, and Sander identify and examine institutions, frameworks, and technologies that are emerging to support new work practices in an area that has been underexamined to date. They devote much of their attention to workplace and labor market changes that have already begun, so their analysis of issues and their development of frameworks are underpinned by empirical evidence. This then provides a basis upon which to consider the future implications of these changes.

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