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Research Briefs | September 8, 2020

Warehousing, Trucking, and Technology: The Future of Work in Logistics

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Reports

Reports | November 1, 2019

The Work of the Future: Shaping Technology and Institutions

David Autor Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Ford Professor of Economics Labor Studies Program; Director, National Bureau of Economic Research
David Mindell Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing; Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Founder and CEO, Humatics Corporation
Elisabeth Reynolds Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center; Principal Research Scientist; Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

To provide a framework for MIT's Task Force’s efforts over the next year, this report examines several aspects of the interaction between work and technology.

Research Briefs

Research Briefs | September 8, 2020

Warehousing, Trucking, and Technology: The Future of Work in Logistics

Arshia Mehta Candidate for BA in Chemistry and Economics, Wellesley College; UROP to MIT Work of the Future
Frank Levy Rose Professor Emeritus, MIT

Research Briefs | August 3, 2020

The Faltering Escalator of Urban Opportunity

David Autor Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Ford Professor of Economics Labor Studies Program; Director, National Bureau of Economic Research

For much of modern U.S. history, workers were drawn to cities by opportunities for the more enriching work offered there and the higher pay that came with it.

Research Briefs | July 22, 2020

Autonomous Vehicles, Mobility, and Employment Policy: The Roads Ahead

John Leonard Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
David Mindell Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing; Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Founder and CEO, Humatics Corporation
Erik Stayton Technologist and Technology Scholar, MIT Doctoral Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS)

Fully autonomous cars, trucks, and buses, able to operate across wide geographical areas with no drivers necessary, would revolutionize ground transportation.

Research Briefs | July 8, 2020

Worker Voice, Representation, and Implications for Public Policies

Thomas Kochan George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Professor, Work and Organization Studies; Co-Director, Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research

Rebuilding worker voice and representation, rebalancing power in employment relations, and making fundamental changes in American labor and employment policies.

Working Papers

Working Papers | May 20, 2020

Robots, Automation, and Employment: Where We Are

Lukas Wolters PhD Candidate, Political Science

How to think about automation and potential job loss, where predictions of rising automation & job replacement come from, and offering paths for future research.

Working Papers | April 15, 2020

Job Skills Requirements: Levels and Trends

Michael J. Handel Research Analyst, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Job skill requirements examined to understand historical trends & current levels, and provide a frame of reference for predicting future job skill requirements.

Working Papers | April 7, 2020

Redeployment or Robocalypse? Workers and Automation in Ohio Manufacturing SMEs

Anna Waldman-Brown Research Associate and PhD Student

Explore how small factory owners conceptualize automation by complementing existing technologies to understand the likelihood of an impending robocalypse.

Working Papers | April 1, 2020

Training the Workforce of the Future: Insights from Work-Based Higher Education Programs in Germany and the United States

Inez von Weitershausen Research Associate, Good Companies, Good Jobs

Industrialized economies share concerns about a growing mismatch between employers’ needs and workers’ skills, and how to prepare the 'workforce of the future'.

Working Papers | January 8, 2020

Independence of Technology and Work Systems

Thomas Kochan George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Professor, Work and Organization Studies; Co-Director, Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research
John Van Reenen Gordon Y Billard Professor in Management and Economics Professor of Applied Economics, MIT Sloan and MIT Department of Economics
Susan Helper Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Alex Kowalski PhD Candidate, MIT Sloan School of Management

A summary of prior evidence on the interrelationships between technology and work systems, related management practices and their effects on economic performance.

Projects

Projects | August 3, 2020

Regions and Industries

Suzanne Berger Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science
Elisabeth Reynolds Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center; Principal Research Scientist; Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Frank Levy Rose Professor Emeritus, MIT
Susan Helper Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Daniel Traficonte PhD Candidate, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Anna Waldman-Brown Research Associate and PhD Student

MIT WotF task force researches trends in several industries in terms of technology adoption, changing skills requirements and overall changes to work and jobs.

Projects | August 3, 2020

Mobility and the Workforce

Jason Jackson Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Urban Planning
John Leonard Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
David Mindell Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing; Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Founder and CEO, Humatics Corporation

The MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future uses Detroit MSA to examine the relationships between technology, work, and society through the lens of mobility.

Projects | August 3, 2020

Learning, Education, Training, and Skills

Paul Osterman Nanyang Technological University Professor of Human Resources and Management; Co-director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research
Sanjay Sarma Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Vice President for Open Learning
Thomas Kochan George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Professor, Work and Organization Studies; Co-Director, Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research
Suzanne Berger Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science
Kathleen Thelen Ford Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science
Tavneet Suri Associate Professor of Applied Economics, Sloan School of Management
Inez von Weitershausen Research Associate, Good Companies, Good Jobs

The focus of this sub-group is to explore new pathways and institutional arrangements for delivering skills, training, and education based on new technologies.

Projects | August 3, 2020

Advanced Manufacturing

John Hart Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP); MechE Maker Czar
Julie Shah Associate Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

MIT Work of the Future approaches manufacturing to understand how new technology is designed and developed, and how it changes the nature of the work & skills required to succeed.

Projects | July 28, 2020

Relationship Between Technology Adoption and Work in Brazil

Timothy Sturgeon Senior Researcher, MIT Industrial Performance Center
Alejandro Frank

The characteristics of work and workforces help shape technology and how it is adopted, and conversely, the adoption of new technology is changing work in Brazil.

Other Publications

Other Publications | July 16, 2020

The Nature of Work after the COVID Crisis: Too Few Low-Wage Jobs

David Autor Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Ford Professor of Economics Labor Studies Program; Director, National Bureau of Economic Research
Elisabeth Reynolds Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center; Principal Research Scientist; Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

The authors ask whether the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the conventional wisdom about automation and inequality in the US over the past four decades.