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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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Is the “Dependent Contractor” Model the Future of the Gig Economy?

Ever since the rise of Uber, there has been quite a healthy debate about the distinction between an employee and a contractor. In almost all the U.S. writing on this topic, the term contractor is used generically to refer to all non-employee workers, but as everyone knows there are many kinds of contractors. It is quite a different thing for someone to

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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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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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