Robocalypse Now? Technology, Productivity and Employment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

His presentation was based on a paper co-written with Utrecht University economist Anna Salomons. “Is productivity growth inimical to employment?,” Their paper addressed three major questions: Has productivity growth threatened employment, especially in advanced economies?

Misadventures in Content Production: Why “Rapid” Tool Aren’t Really Rapid


In our latest article, Misadventures in Content Production: Separate Content from Presentation to Save the Day , we explore how locking content into restrictive formats with “rapid” tools makes content difficult to maintain, and all but impossible to reuse and personalize at scale.

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Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cloud-based services require a much more standardized, mass customized , process oriented, industrialized approach to production , including the application of advanced technologies and rigorous science, engineering and management methodologies. .

Productivity tools for the networked workplace

Harold Jarche

These tools are ubiquitous in business and government, so I have agreed to write a few articles on how they can be used to improve work productivity. IT has to make us more productive, smarter.”. Office 365 productivity tools from Harold Jarche.

Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity. We’ve long been leveraging technology to help increase productivity.

IT, Productivity and Organizational Capital

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, to achieve long term economic growth, as well as gains in our standard of living , the US must also focus on innovation and productivity growth. US labor productivity - “the amount of goods and services that a laborer produces in a given amount of time” - grew at only 1.5% This period of slow productivity coincided with the rapid growth in the use of computers in business, giving rise to the Solow. As the US recovers from the financial.

Apple subscriptions vs Google One Pass subscriptions – comparison and analysis for publishers

Ross Dawson

Apple’s platform is for content delivered to apps that are sold in the Apple iTunes store, so only to iPad, iPhone and iTouch products. Discussion and analysis. I will update that analysis soon. The lovely pace of change in the media world isn’t slowing down any….

Reflections on Innovation, Productivity and Job Creation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I have also been thinking a lot about the impact of these innovations on the productivity of the service sector of the economy in general, and in particular, on the kinds of jobs that we can expect to be created over the next decades to replace those jobs that might decline or disappear as a result of such productivity improvements. Although there are numerous technological innovations that have improved the productivity of services over the past century (e.g.,

How divergence in labor productivity is shaping the future of work

Ross Dawson

One of the most important issues is divergence in labor productivity, mentioned as the fourth point under Labor Productivity in the Economic Structure section. There are many broader issues in shifts in labor productivity that I’ll come back to another time.

Angry Birds and productivity at work: why distractions can help

Ross Dawson

On Friday a journalist from the Herald Sun called me to ask for my response to an ‘analysis’ suggesting that $1.4 billion of worker productivity is lost to playing Angry Birds. today that workers already do a number of things that are not considered productive – like going to the bathroom or talking to colleagues without any actual loss in productivity. Let’s work on getting better productivity.

Your product may no longer be your product

Harold Jarche

But research is our product. That’s pretty well what I sell: customized strategy & analysis for the specific context of each client. When I started this blog six years ago I knew that I would “giving away&# my thoughts for free. Some might say that’s all they’re worth.

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: The product-to-service.

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Saturday, 21 August 2010 The product-to-service financial ratio Yesterday I saw a tweet by Frank Scavo : Chatting with a vendor about implementation cost to software license cost ratios. Because the product is more expensive. " Business or Pleasure? -

Performance - Collaboration - Social Network Analysis - eLearning Hot List

Tony Karrer

June 4, 2009 From E-Learning to Social Learning , June 10, 2009 Investigating the Application of Social Software to Support Networked Learning , June 4, 2009 Top Keywords Social Learning (34) Social Network Analysis (4) Collaboration (43) Mobile Learning (18) Performance (46) Learning Management System (11) eLearning Technology. eLearning Learning Hot List June 1, 2009 to June 12, 2009 Top Posts The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals.

Productive Strategies for Using Information Streams in Development

Nancy White

One of the key goals of DELIVER is the collection, analysis, storage and dispatch of time critical information, generated by systems, people or by public sources. So schemes to swim productively in the overwhelm in a strategic matter should be our focus.

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Why customer service can't.

Martijn Linssen

It stands without reasoning that such a great product doesnt need service during a purchase either. Chicken and egg really, if you havent sold a product to your customer, there isnt a customer, hence there can be no service to speak of. Due to the product, or the user - irrelevant.

Impact of Data Analytics in Today’s Digital Workplace

Luis Suarez

A global software firm that builds solutions around data analytics for collaborative environments, whether for traditional tools like email, to cloud-based productivity apps like Microsoft Teams, to Enterprise Social Networking platforms like HCL Connections.

Enterprise 2.0, Where Art Thou?

Luis Suarez

Design, Change Management, Social Network Analysis , Wirearchy , and, specially, Employee Engagement , which I realise won’t be a new subject per se, since I have blogged about it for a good while already, but I still feel there is a lot more to share across and talk about.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Offshoring and Healthcare

John Hagel

The organizational approaches also provide much more rigorous performance feedback to physicians and analysis of complications that may arise during the procedures. The technique is value network analysis.

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: From profitability to.

Martijn Linssen

a simple SWOT analysis Enterprise 2.0: Business or Pleasure? -

A Concise and Brilliant Peer-Reviewed Article on Writer's Block.

Bob Sutton

James Adams: Good Products, Bad Products: Essential Elements to Achieving Superior Quality. It was published by Dennis Upper in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Analysis in 1974, and is funny, true, and inspired -- and a great demonstration that "brevity is the soul of wit." Bob Sutton. About Subscribe to this blogs feed Email Me Follow Me @ work_matters. Book Me For A Speech. Brightsight Group. Search. 17 Things I Believe.

Liberate Your Company Through Employee Engagement

Luis Suarez

IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social Enterprise

Enterprise microblogging should be pay-per-use

Martijn Linssen

a simple SWOT analysis Enterprise 2.0: Business or Pleasure? -

Using Agile Processes to Develop AI-Based Solutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the waterfall development model , a project is broken down into a set of sequential phases, - e.g., conception, analysis, design, construction, testing, deployment, maintenance, - each dependent on the completion of the previous phase.

The Blockchain Value Framework

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The white paper is based on a global survey of 550 individuals across 13 industries, including automotive, banking, and retail; interviews with CEOs and public sector leaders; and a detailed analysis of 79 blockchain projects. Improved productivity and quality.

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Are Innovation and R&D Yielding Decreasing Returns?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since the 1970s, US productivity and income growth have dipped sharply except for an Internet-driven productivity boost between1996 and 2004. In the case of Moore’s Law, research productivity has been declining at a rate of about 6.8%

The Business Value of Augmented Reality

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We generally think of products as physical entities built with a combination of mechanical and electrical components, - e.g., appliances, cars, agricultural machines, industrial equipment, - some quite simple and some highly complex. But, their actual products were largely unaffected.

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Impact of an Aging Population on Economic Growth and Automation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. Older populations not only reduce labor force participation, but also lead to lower productivity, given that workers’ productivity and earnings have been shown to peak in their 40s. The model assumed that middle-aged workers have a comparative advantage in physically oriented production tasks while older workers specialize in non-production services. “In

COVID-19 & Leadership

Dave Snowden

For example, there is often a bias towards well-polished analysis that, by its nature, can only ensue after something has happened. This polished analysis drowns out outliers in the hope of finding significance. Both for real-time usage and intervention, and post-event analysis.

The (slightly) surprising truth about family-friendly workplaces.

Dan Pink

Personal Productivity (14). The (slightly) surprising truth about family-friendly workplaces Do family-friendly policies like childcare subsidies and job sharing increase productivity and profits? Dan Pink. Contact. Follow Dan on Twitter. About Dan. Speaking Engagements. Video.

prebunking the conspiracy theorists

Harold Jarche

I mentioned that the researcher danah boyd defines agnotology as — “the strategic and purposeful production of ignorance”.

Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain is now taking the power of networked ecosystems to the next level. “Because the unit of competition is the network - and no longer a single enterprise - the business case for the network and how it will grow matters as much as, if not more, than the product or service itself.

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The IT industry has long been associated from what’s been called the Solow productivity paradox , in reference to Robert Solow's 1987 quip: “You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.

The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report analyzes the long term economic potential of IoT, and uses this analysis to estimate the economic value of several IoT-based solutions by 2025. The study is based on a careful analysis of over 150 concrete IoT applications across the global economy.

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The World Bank’s Human Capital Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A lower score, say.70, means that the productivity of a child born in that country will be 70% of what could have been achieved with full health and education. or lower, - meaning that they’ll grow up to be, at best, half as productive as they could be.

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How to Support the Widespread Adoption of AI

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The advent of PCs in the 1980s then made it possible to apply IT to front-office processes and applications, such as word processing in office systems, spreadsheets in data analysis, and customer support. But during this period of rapid IT growth, US labor productivity grew at only 1.5%

Blockchain and Business Process Transformation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One can look at the transformational impact of IT on companies and industries through a variety of lenses, - e.g., products and services, revenue and profit, sales and support, market strategy. US labor productivity grew at only 1.5%

Artificial Intelligence is Ready for Business; Are Businesses Ready for AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They invest in applications close to their core business, such as customer service, operations and product development. They see AI-driven innovation as driving increased revenues and higher productivity rather than just cutting costs. AI is now seemingly everywhere.

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Despite Their Huge Upside Potential, Why Do Most Platforms Fail?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The effect is much greater potential for innovation and growth than a single product-oriented firm can generate alone. Innovation platforms consist of common building blocks that enable ecosystem partners to create new complementary products or services.

What is stopping companies from measuring learning: Skillsets, datasets, toolsets or mindsets?


As anyone familiar with analytics will tell you, the data exists but the difficulty many companies have is finding a way to collect it for meaningful analysis. Accordingly, many business leaders adopt a perspective that places L&D expenses alongside product development, for example.

Automation and Employment in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In January, the McKinsey Global Institute published A Future that Works: Automation, Employment and Productivity , the results of a two year study of automation technologies and their potential impact on jobs over the next several decades.

just checking the box

Harold Jarche

The references I used as a civilian included: The Use of Work Domain Analysis for the Design of Training Systems. Cognitive Task Analysis, Interface Design and Technical Troubleshooting. The Use of Work Domain Analysis for the Design of Training Systems.

Re-thinking Workplace Learning: extracting rather than adding

Charles Jennings

So traditional attempts to ‘isolate’ the impact of learning becomes very difficult and we need to adopt more holistic types of analysis to determine what works and what doesn’t.

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Production: the bundling of different content into a final market-ready product, - a newspaper, TV schedule, cable package or DJ’s playlist. Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape.