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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.

    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
    Unpacking Amazon’s workforce development strategy

    Unpacking Amazon’s workforce development strategy

    Amazon in the summer of 2019 announced a sweeping five-year plan to bolster the skills of a third of its US workforce—close to 100,000 worker-learners. The plan includes apprenticeships, partnerships with local community colleges, and internal programs. As Amazon’s Vice President of Workforce Development, Ardine Williams, notes, the initiative isn’t philanthropy. She argues that Amazon’s investment in training workers—even if some ultimately leave for higher-paying jobs—makes good business sense

    • 28 min
    Crisis reporting from the front lines of technology and employment

    Crisis reporting from the front lines of technology and employment

    Art Bilger sees trouble at work—the mismatch of labor force skills and job requirements; automation; underemployment and structural unemployment. The Wall Street veteran, whose CV includes successes in media and high-tech, founded nonprofit media production company WorkingNation in 2016 to bring attention to these sweeping and rapid changes, which he warns could lead to economic and societal crises. WorkingNation produces new, short documentaries, a podcast, and town hall-style events.

    • 26 min
    How AI shifts enterprise decision-making into self-driving mode

    How AI shifts enterprise decision-making into self-driving mode

    Aera Technology CEO, Fred Laluyaux, explains how advances in computing power coupled with vast stores of data are ushering in a new mode of enterprise business operations, with computers handling more routine analysis and decision-making. This, in turn, is accelerating the automation of previously “safe” knowledge work. Laluyaux discusses the benefits and the organizational changes and challenges.

    • 29 min

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