The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Companies

Featured Guest: Jeff Wald

The world has witnessed three-step functions in technological change: mechanization, electrification, and computerization. These industrial revolutions led to massive increases in productivity and thus we need far fewer workers. With each of these technological breakthroughs, the power balance between companies and workers shifted heavily to companies. The abuses of that power by companies instigated employee unrest. Counterbalancing forces rose to constrain companies’ power, eventually prompting unions, regulation, and the social safety net to bring stability to the relationship. As we enter the fourth great leap forward in technology with robots and AI, we face the first services revolution. The power balance will again shift massively to companies as new technologies drive productivity increases in the service industry, much as the last three industrial revolutions transformed manufacturing.  Jeff Wald joins Maureen to discuss his book, The End of Jobs, and what the future of work is.


Jeff Wald

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Developmental Perspectives, Organizational Transformation, Technology & Leadership, Workforce Development


Technological change, Services revolution, Technology transformation, Industrial revolutions