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Shaping the Future of Work
A Handbook for Action and a New Social Contract

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ISBN 9780367504700
November 24, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides a clear roadmap for the roles that workers and leaders in business, labor, education and government must play in building a new social contract for all to prosper. It is a call to action for a collaborative effort to develop both high-quality jobs and strong, successful businesses, while simultaneously overcoming the deep social and economic divisions that are all too apparent in society today.

Written by two leading and trusted experts in the field of employment and work from MIT and Cornell University, this book is a practical-action oriented guide. Readers will feel empowered to take actions needed to shape a better future of work for themselves, their employees, their co-workers, and others they may represent. It emphasizes the need to dismantle existing social contracts and reimagine a new one, with the goal of lifelong learning. Most of all, the book goes beyond the many reports and articles that emphasize predictions about how technology and other forces will shape work in the future.

The book is essential reading for business executives, labor leaders and workforce advocates, government policy makers, politicians and anyone interested in putting emerging knowledge and technologies to use in driving innovation, creating high quality jobs, and shaping a more broadly shared prosperity.

Table of Contents

1. America’s Challenge and Opportunity: Building a New Social Contract at Work

2. What Was the Postwar Social Contract, Where Did It Come From, and What Made It

Work for Three Decades?

3. The Demise of the Old Social Contract and the Challenges and Opportunities that Lie Ahead

4. How Business Leaders Can Contribute to a New Social Contract

5. Married for Life: Workers and Educators

6. How Labor Can Contribute to a New Social Contract

7. How Government Leaders Can Contribute to a New Social Contract

8. A Call to Action

9. COVID-19 Postscript

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Thomas A. Kochan is the Co‐Director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research and George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Lee Dyer is Emeritus Professor of Human Resource Studies and Research Fellow, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies at the ILR School, Cornell University.