Business

Recent Read: “Uber Is Headed for a Crash”

Don’t miss Yves Smith’s interesting breakdown of Uber’s prospects in New York Magazine Some highlights:   The fact that this glorified local transportation company continues to be a financial failure should come as no surprise. What should be surprising is that the business press still parrots the fond hope of Uber’s management that the company […]

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Economics, Management, Society

Reward Firings, VORP Scores, Algorithm Bosses: Is the Future of Work an NFL Training Camp?

A few months ago I wrote a post about Uber where I explored what it’s like to work for an algorithm (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/ubers-brave-new-world-what-happens-when-your-manager-carlos-alvarenga/edit). From the early indications, the view of this new world is not very positive. However, while Uber gets a lot of press, it’s important to note that it is not alone in this evolution to a […]

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Innovation, Management, Technology

Uber’s Brave New World: What Happens When Your Manager Is an Algorithm

On Tuesday night, I participated in a discussion panel at the University of Maryland on current and future innovations in Supply Chain Management (SCM). While most of the topics we discussed were positive developments, I did warn that some SCM advances have aggressive characteristics, by which I mean that they have the capacity to harm certain human populations that they affect. I […]

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Analytics

The CIA Analytics Model: A New Take on How Analytics Creates Value

Anyone looking for things to read on analytics these days certainly has a lot to chose from. There seems to be no end to books and articles that explain or explore this topic. I am going to wade into this crowded space with my own view on a particular aspect of this issue, namely, how analytics-bases companies actually work, and, more importantly, create value in […]

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