Skills, Work, and Technology

Topic Leader: 
David Finegold
Topic Leader: 
Stephen R. Barley

As new technologies, including changes in the management of employees, are introduced, workers and employers must adapt. In some cases, particular jobs are eliminated or moved to other nations; in other cases, new types of jobs and occupations are created; in still others, the skills required for a line of work morph from the inside while the occupation retains its former name. This research cluster examines the impact of technology and globalization on the changing skill requirements of the workforce. Accordingly, we are also concerned with what approaches to education, training, and workforce development are most effective in meeting new skill demands and with supporting the creation of good jobs and high-performance organizations. Stephen Barley is co-leader of the Skills, Work, and Technology research cluster.


Harry Holzer's picture

This report proposes reforms in the Pell Grant for disadvantaged students that seek to simplify and improve access for both youth and...

Harry Holzer | December 12, 2013
Andrew M. Sum's picture

The summer job market for teens in both Massachusetts and the U.S. over the past five years has been quite depressed,...

Andrew M. Sum | July 18, 2013
Harry Holzer's picture

In this paper, we provide a comprehensive and up-to-date snapshot of the most important postsecondary education and labor market...

Harry Holzer | March 27, 2013
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Stagnant earnings and rising inequality in the U.S. labor market reflect both a slowdown in the growth of worker skills and the growing...

Harry Holzer | February 7, 2013
Christian E. Weller's picture

It has been four years since the start of the Great Recession in December 2007, and the U.S. economy is recovering steadily. Some...

Christian E. Weller | February 15, 2012
Irena Grugulis's picture

It is popular to assume that there is a link between skill and performance, yet the evidence is tenuous. Both terms defy simple...

Irena Grugulis | December 29, 2011
Harry Holzer's picture

This paper reviews some of the reasons why education and workforce systems in the U.S. are not always well aligned with each other and...

Harry Holzer | October 17, 2011
Stephen R. Barley's picture

The increasing volume of e-mail and other technologically enabled communications are widely regarded as a growing source of stress in...

Stephen R. Barley | September 23, 2011
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Although organizational theorists have long argued that environments shape organizational structures, they have paid little attention to...

Stephen R. Barley | September 23, 2011