The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. I ncreasing productivity is thus more crucial than ever to promote economic growth. From 1987 to 2004 US labor productivity grew at a 2.1% The Difficulty of Measuring Productivity.

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, at the same time, productivity growth has significantly declined over the past decade, and income has continued to stagnate for the majority of Americans. Economists have proposed competing explanations for declining productivity growth and so far have failed to reach a consensus.” .

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“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Or, do we also need social policies to promote job creation and assist workers who’ve lost their jobs? One of the Foreign Affairs articles, - The Next Safety Net: Social Policy for a Digital Age by Nicolas Colin and Bruno Palier , - offers some answers to these questions. “As

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years.

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. .

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, at the same time, productivity growth has significantly declined over the past decade, and income has continued to stagnate for the majority of Americans. This puzzling contradiction is addressed in Artificial Intelligences and the Modern Productivity Paradox , a working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Economists have proposed competing explanations for declining productivity growth and so far have failed to reach a consensus.” .

Insights into effective social media policies

Ross Dawson

Last week I was part of a panel on the SkyBusiness Technology Behind Business program discussing corporate social media policies, comprised of Peter Williams of Deloitte, Adrienne Unkovitch of Workplace Guardian, and myself. Social media policy is not different from HR or other policies.

Solow Paradox 2.0: The Lagging Impact of Technology Advances on Productivity Growth

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Our aging economies are thus dependent on productivity gains to drive long-term economic growth , future prosperity and higher standards of living. Their average productivity growth in the 5 years between 2000 and 2004 was 2.4%. The waning of the mid-1990s productivity boom.

Corporate Social Media Policies

Tony Karrer

I've posted before a list of Corporate Policies on Web 2.0 Corporate Access that shows that a significant number of corporate policies are to shut down access to the tools. When introducing social media into the workplace, how do we address HR concerns about reduced employee productivity? There's a very interesting set of questions in the post Happy New Year! AND do you have opinions about social media governance?

IT, Productivity and Organizational Capital

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

crisis , economic policies that encourage capital investment and job creation must be our top near-term priorities. 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% But, starting in the mid 1990s, US labor productivity surged to over 2.5%.

The Link Between BYOD and Increased Productivity


IBM MobileFirst gives an excellent definition of BYOD: “ Bring your own device (BYOD) is an IT policy where employees are allowed or encouraged to use their personal mobile devices—and, increasingly, notebook PCs—to access enterprise data and systems.

Productivity and Employment (and Technology): In the Jaws of the Snake

Andy McAfee

Bernstein is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget Policies and Priorities , the former chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden, a sharp thinker, great speaker, and prolific blogger. They were great for the productivity statistics, but not for the employment ones.

Three vendors and/or products to love: Computer parts, music, electric toothbrush

David Weinberger

So far, the experience has been terrific: Quick responses, friendly people, good return policy. Yo, Humbles, I already bought the product. I wanted to replace the smashed screen of a white MacBook, and found what seemed like a very good price from Wegener. The new screen arrived very quickly, and was exactly as described. But when I started to strip down the MacBook, I discovered I had ordered the wrong screen. It’s surprisingly easy to do.

A cool new (free!) productivity tool | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Personal Productivity (14). productivity tool At the heart of most organizations is a disconnect. It’s not a magic elixir for anybody’s productivity woes. Browse Similar Posts: Motivation , Personal Productivity , Tools. Comment Policy: First time comments are moderated.

Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Personal Productivity (14). Can a 5-minute exercise double your productivity? How do you stay as productive as you want to be? Comment Policy: First time comments are moderated. Dan Pink. Contact. Follow Dan on Twitter. About Dan. Speaking Engagements. Video. Articles.

Why Creating Space for Creative Time in the Nonprofit Workplace Improves Productivity

Beth Kanter

Activities are designed to support organizational wellness for greater productivity and morale boosts. Studies confirm that creative activities – painting, drawing, dancing, playing music, theatre, or singing – can improve employee productivity and skills.

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? It has had this policy for quite sometime. Dan Pink. Contact.

Does giving teachers bonuses improve student performance.

Dan Pink

Personal Productivity (14). One of the hottest ideas in education policy these days is tying teacher pay to student performance on standardized tests. It was fed by a policy that had nothing to do with education. Dan Pink. Contact. Follow Dan on Twitter. About Dan.

A Nonprofit’s Legal Counsel Is The Social Media Manager’s Best Friend!

Beth Kanter

The session will focus on exploring how nonprofits are expanding their efforts to influence public policy through social channels and understanding the legal issues and how to evaluate the work. (I’ll That’s why it is good to have an going relationship and a policy group.

Reflections from 2011 – The Year of Mobile, Again

Luis Suarez

With plenty of business travelling and frenzy at work one learns to build a certain level of expectations that you would want to see met, so you can keep up being rather productive and effective, which is what matters at the end of the day.

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The Third Wave of the Digital Economy - Promises and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Atkinson is founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a think tank focused on science and technology policy. They need to make the next-wave digital evolution a central policy goal. Support policies where the benefits are largely unequivocal.

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The R3 Lab Welcomes Adaptive Path

Adaptive Path

To be mindful of the environmental, cultural, societal, and economic implications of the information, products, and services they bring forth. I have been invited to bring Adaptive Path’s approach to designing for Real Product Ecosystems. We are accountable for the information we put out into the world just as much as we are accountable for the products and services we design.

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On Amsterdam, bikes and the Copenhagen Wheel thingy

Adaptive Path

All this data can be used inform urban planning, transit systems and environmental policies in service to sustainable cities. Tags: Experience Design Futures Idealism (Uncensored) Mobile Product Design Trends User Experience Intensive (UXI) is happily underway in Amsterdam!

Facebook and the User Experience of Privacy

Adaptive Path

Although few of them would describe it this way, many of the people agitating for change to Facebook are really asking for changes to the user experience, not to Facebook’s policies or even functionality. Tags: Information Architecture Product Design This recent graphic from the New York Times summarizes the chief complaint with Facebook quite nicely.

COVID-19 & Leadership

Dave Snowden

The resulting data will be used to better understand how to globally scale this distributed capture and further generate partnerships for policy work and investment.

TED2010 Thought: Failure is not NOT an option

Adaptive Path

Tom Schlegel, VP of Product Development at Radio Flyer, the makers of that iconic red wagon, spoke about how, after he got there, he pretty much instituted a policy of being okay with failure. And after having put a lot of money into the product development, they scrapped it. Tags: Product Management This isn’t necessarily a new thought, but it’s always worth hearing again.

AI, Automation and the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 20, the White House released Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy , a new report that investigates how AI will likely transform job markets over time, and recommends policy responses to address AI’s impact on the US economy. Technology and Productivity Growth.

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The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It applied a bottom-up modeling methodology to estimate the potential economic value of these various applications, including productivity improvements, time savings, better asset utilization and reduced accidents. . Public Policy.

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I Know It When I See It

Andy McAfee

product?&# – are just windowdressing on products that are still essentially geared for Collaboration 1.0. Whose products at present come closest to enabling Web 2.0-style collaboration and interaction in enterprise environments? products that lack the ability to produce “meaningful&# RSS feeds. This all has one mutually beneficial purpose: Businesses want to create the products and services their customers are interested in, in order to be more successful.

The MIT Work of the Future Report

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With this in mind, the work of the future can be shaped beneficially by new policies, renewed support for labor, and reformed institutions, not just new technologies. Policy Proposals for the future.

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4 Tips to Make Online Employee Training More Effective for Remote Workers


workforce already works from home at least part of the time, the new policies leave many employees — and their managers — working out of the office and separated from each other for the first time.”.

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The Urgent Need to Strengthen the Nation’s Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These included a significant expansion of government support for scientific research in universities and R&D labs, leading to product innovations from the private sector and better weapons from the defense industry, - and making the US the most prosperous and secure nation in the world.

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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 Challenges of Automation in a Fast Changing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report is divided into two sections: The Case for Action , which explores how automation impacts the economic security and opportunity of American workers, and Policies for Shared Prosperity , which outlines a policy agenda for addressing automation’s challenges and opportunities.

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Do you really need all this personal information, @RollingStone?

Doc Searls

Here’s the popover that greets visitors on arrival at Rolling Stone ‘s website: Our Privacy Policy has been revised as of January 1, 2020. This policy outlines how we use your information. By using our site and products, you are agreeing to the policy.

Republicans suggest shockingly sensible ideas for reforming copyright

David Weinberger

The current copyright legal regime leads to the greatest innovation and productivity. And the four “potential policy solutions” are: Statutory damages reform.

Our Top Tips for Managing from Home


And I always keep a virtual “Open Door” policy so my team members know I am always available if they need anything.”. Product Management Team – Florida, USA. Managing from Home' Tips from Our Experts. Working from home is one thing, but what about managing from home?

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Open Letter on the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over time, these innovations transformed the economy, re-shaped the institutions of society, and ultimately led to the creation of all kinds of new, more productive industries and many new kinds of jobs. .

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The New, Interdisciplinary, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

transform education and research in public policy and ethical considerations relevant to computing and AI. A few months ago, MIT president Rafael Reif announced the launch of the Stephen A.

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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. Role of policy-makers. “

Helping Zoom

Doc Searls

Like most software companies, we use third-party advertising service providers (like Google) for marketing purposes: to deliver tailored ads to our users about Zoom products the users may find interesting. There’s a helpful model for this: Apple’s privacy policy.

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The Cluetrain Manifesto in action

Jay Cross

So much for corporate rhetoric about adding value to commoditized products. The networked market knows more than companies do about their own products. These guys put their undocumented in-house policies ahead of human decency and common sense. They are reviewing their policies.

Impact of an Aging Population on Economic Growth and Automation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Top economists and policy makers have proposed a number of explanations for the economic slowdown, but in the end, there’s no consensus on the reasons, on how long the slowdown will likely last, or on what to do about it. Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. Finally, Acemoglu and Restrepo analyzed the relationship between an aging labor force and productivity as measured by the value added per worker.