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World of the 21st Century: Future of Work

This guide features resources about how the world is different in the 21st Century. The resources focus on four areas: climate change; future of work; globalization and the politics of food; and impact of the internet on humanity.

Future of Work: E-Books

Coming Up Short

Coming Up Short: Working Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty by Jennifer M. Silva

A changing economy, ambiguous social norms, and ethnic tensions are all factors that feed into a continued pressure on the individual to achieve the American Dream. This book offers insight into an age where definitions of work and adulthood are changing, and the road to success is being paved with new expectations.

Employee-Org Relationship

The Employee-Organization Relationship: Applications for the 21st Century edited by Lynn M. Shore, Jacqualine A-M. Coyle-Shapiro, & Lois E. Tetrick

This text offers insight into employee-organization relationships, spanning topics such as perceived organizational support and psychological contracts.

Rise of Robots

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford

Who will have the jobs of the future? With new innovations in robotics and smart technology, machines are beginning to replace humans. Many people are questioning the job market in this new era of technology, and well as overall impacts it could pose on our society.

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Future of Work: Open Access Monographs

Plug&Play Places

Plug&Play Places - Lifeworlds of Multilocal Creative Knowledge Workers by Robert Nadler

This book introduces a showcase of 25 multilocal creative knowledge workers, who live in different countries at the same time. It investigates how continuous mobility becomes part of their lifeworld, and how it changes their feelings of belonging and practices of place attachment.


Precarious Creativity

Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor edited by Michael Curtin & Kevin Sanson

Precarious Creativity examines the seismic changes confronting media workers in an age of globalization and corporate conglomeration. This pathbreaking anthology peeks behind the hype and supposed glamor of screen media industries to reveal the intensifying pressures and challenges workers face.


Trouble at Work

Trouble at Work by Ralph Fevre, Duncan Lewis, Amanda Robinson, & Trevor Jones

This book summarizes the largest specialist research programme on ill-treatment in the workplace so far undertaken. It provides a powerful antidote to half-truths and misinformation and offers a new way of conceptualizing trouble at work, moving the discussion away from individualized explanations - and talk of 'bullies' and 'victims' - towards the workplace characteristics that cause trouble at work.

CC BY NC 3.0

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Future of Work: Videos

Her Story

Her Story: The Female Revolution - Women and Work a BBC Production

This documentary offers a glimpse into the lives of women across the globe who are challenging professional expectations. As women are outnumbering men graduating from higher education, the job market is shifting with more women finding roles to play in the workforce and global market.

AI Race

The A.I. Race: How Technology is Impacting the Labor Force an ABC Production

This documentary investigates how Artificial Intelligence is changing jobs, redefining how much of our work could, and will be, be done by robots.

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