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Artificial intelligence. Robotics. The Gig Economy. Globalization. The world is changing at a dizzying pace in ways that will have a profound effect on the economy, jobs and the flow of talent. How will firms cope with the changes ahead and what steps do they need to take today? Each episode features faculty from the world’s leading business school interviewing CEOs, technologists and experts on the bleeding edge discussing how to survive and thrive by managing the future of work.

HBS Managing the Future of Work Harvard Business School

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Artificial intelligence. Robotics. The Gig Economy. Globalization. The world is changing at a dizzying pace in ways that will have a profound effect on the economy, jobs and the flow of talent. How will firms cope with the changes ahead and what steps do they need to take today? Each episode features faculty from the world’s leading business school interviewing CEOs, technologists and experts on the bleeding edge discussing how to survive and thrive by managing the future of work.

    Data-centric business: Inside the artificial intelligence factory

    Data-centric business: Inside the artificial intelligence factory

    AI allows “digital native” companies to grow at the stroke of a key and cross traditional market boundaries unimpeded. In their new book, Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World, HBS professors Marco Iansiti and Karim Lakhani show the inner workings of the “AI factory.” Traditional businesses can’t bolt on AI and analytics and expect to compete. Marco explains how firms can adapt and discusses the implications for workers and public policy.

    • 28 min
    Jobcase: Shared opportunities, collective voice

    Jobcase: Shared opportunities, collective voice

    Fred Goff wants to tap the Web’s scale and connectivity to rebalance capitalism for the benefit of workers. In 2015 the former hedge fund manager launched Jobcase, a job search site, a clearinghouse for qualifications, and a support network for its 100 million members, most of whom lack a four-year degree. The AI-augmented community wields significant consumer- and investor influence. Fred shares his views on degree inflation, the skills gap, and the need for greater diversity in the workforce.

    • 29 min
    Richard Florida: the creative class in the age of the superstar city

    Richard Florida: the creative class in the age of the superstar city

    In 2002, Richard Florida famously identified the “creative class,” an amalgamation of knowledge workers and those in the arts, culture, and design fields, and established creativity as a basic economic force. Amid increasing inequality, diminished techno-optimism, and the rise of global innovation hubs, he is still bullish on America’s capacity for invention. Florida argues for place-based economic development and skills-building up and down the socioeconomic ladder.

    • 27 min
    The Purple Campaign and Vault: Taking on workplace sexual harassment post-#MeToo

    The Purple Campaign and Vault: Taking on workplace sexual harassment post-#MeToo

    The #MeToo movement focused attention on workplace sexual harassment, but left companies to figure out how to address it. Harvard Law grad Ally Coll and tech entrepreneur Neta Meidav are working to change the culture. Coll cofounded the Purple Campaign, a nonprofit focused on business practice and public policy that is piloting a corporate certification program with the likes of Uber, Airbnb, Expedia, and Amazon. Meidav cofounded Vault Platform, whose app makes it easier to report and track harassment.

    • 30 min
    Beyond tax breaks and subsidies: Virginia’s Amazon gambit

    Beyond tax breaks and subsidies: Virginia’s Amazon gambit

    HBS alum Stephen Moret led Virginia’s winning proposal for Amazon’s 2019 HQ2 expansion. With a billion-dollar commitment to produce more computer science and engineering grads, the strategy validated the view that targeted investments in workforce development can spur economic development. Moret explains how public and private sectors can boost growth and improve worker prospects. He also sheds light on the role post-secondary studies play in determining the arc of graduates’ career opportunities.

    • 30 min
    From opt-in to check-out: How digital platforms are transforming retail

    From opt-in to check-out: How digital platforms are transforming retail

    Dan O’Connor, retail expert and executive-in-residence with the HBS Managing the Future of Work project, traces the evolution of retail from the corner store through big-box, e-commerce, and the emergence of omni-faceted digital platforms. What are the implications for employers and employees as the industry automates and adopts leaner and more responsive operating models?

    • 29 min

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