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The New World of Work

by Martha E. Mangelsdorf
published by MIT Sloan Management Review, 2015
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The New World of WorkHow are improvements in digital technology changing the nature of human work? A team of researchers from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Masdar Institute in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, have taken a close look at this question and found that there have been significant changes in skill requirements between 2006 and 2014.

Some human skills have become less important as machine capability has increased, but others have become more important – in particular the ability to work with equipment such as computers.

However, demand has also grown for skills in some areas where machines haven’t made many inroads. For example, the average occupation in the US in 2014 demanded greater interpersonal skills than in 2006 – an area where computers can’t yet compete with humans.

The article concludes by offering advice to those who still have many work years ahead of them – especially as the next decade will see even greater advances in digital technology. 

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About the authors

Martha E. Mangelsdorf is the editorial director of the MIT Sloan Management Review.


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