New research project iWork: investigating the Future of Work and Organizing in the Digital Platform Economy

This post was originally published on the ilabour website. How digital technologies are implicated in profound changes in the nature of work has been a topic of much interest in the past years. One realm of high-skilled ‘knowledge work’, historically conducted by full-time professionals in the office, is increasingly technology-mediated and executed by remote independent … Continue reading New research project iWork: investigating the Future of Work and Organizing in the Digital Platform Economy

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Intermediaries should be worried about the platform economy

This interview by Claartje Vogel was originally published in Dutch on zipconomy.nl.  Online labor markets for professional knowledge work is growing 30% a year. Established intermediaries, brokers and staffing agencies should be concerned about this, according to Dr. Gretta Corporaal (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford). “When the media reports about the gig economy of platform … Continue reading Intermediaries should be worried about the platform economy

OII faculty to join World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Councils

This post was originally published on the Oxford Internet Institute website.   Two OII faculty members, Dr Sandra Wachter and Dr Greetje Corporaal, have been invited to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Councils, established to provide thought leadership on key global challenges and the impact and governance of emerging technologies. Dr Wachter has been … Continue reading OII faculty to join World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Councils

Platform sourcing: How the Fortune 500 are adopting online freelancing platforms.

Together with my colleague Vili Lehdonvirta, I recently published a report on enterprise adoption of online freelancing platforms. Based upon a study of 7 Fortune 500 firms and 2 MNCs, we report findings on the motivations of these companies to adopt platforms, how they adopt them as part of their business models, the practices they … Continue reading Platform sourcing: How the Fortune 500 are adopting online freelancing platforms.

Organizing for successful platform adoption: Part One

Here's my latest post published on the OII's iLabour project blog. What does innovation literature predict about the organizational challenges of adopting online freelancing platforms?  TeroVesalainen/pixabai. (CCO) Digital technologies have fueled a new wave of outsourcing opportunities where firms leverage online labour platforms to access freelancers on and on-demand basis. These developments inform estimations that in … Continue reading Organizing for successful platform adoption: Part One

Organizing with on-demand freelancers in the platform economy: Part Two

I wrote this posting for a joint series on labour and work in the modern economy by openDemocracy and SPERI What challenges do organizations face when adopting online freelancing platforms as part of their business models? annawaldl/pixabay. (CCO) Digital technologies have enabled the rise of online labour platforms that transform contemporary organizations and the way work gets done. In Part One … Continue reading Organizing with on-demand freelancers in the platform economy: Part Two