Research and Insights Archive

Research and Insights from the Center for Effective Organizations

The Science Behind Not Being Scrooge

The Science Behind Not Being Scrooge

Originally published on reworked. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the holiday tale "A Christmas Carol" offers a valuable lesson for us all. Ebenezer Scrooge, the protagonist of the story, undergoes a transformation from a miserly, unpleasant man to a generous,...

Is the sky about to fall on People Analytics?

Is the sky about to fall on People Analytics?

Originally published on LinkedIn. In recent years, as the global economy expanded, interest rates were low, and companies had a relatively easy time making money, the size and breadth of People Analytics (PA) groups seemed to be ever-increasing. As a result, even with...

Work without Jobs: How to Reboot Your Organization’s Work Operating System (Management on the Cutting Edge)

Work without Jobs: How to Reboot Your Organization’s Work Operating System (Management on the Cutting Edge)

Work is traditionally understood as a “job,” and workers as “jobholders.” Jobs are structured by titles, hierarchies, and qualifications. In Work without Jobs, the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Ravin Jesuthasan and John Boudreau propose a radically new way of looking at work. They describe a new “work operating system” that deconstructs jobs into their component parts and reconstructs these components into more optimal combinations that reflect the skills and abilities of individual workers. In a new normal of rapidly accelerating automation, demands for organizational agility, efforts to increase diversity, and the emergence of alternative work arrangements, the old system based on jobs and jobholders is cumbersome and ungainly. Jesuthasan and Boudreau’s new system lays out a roadmap for the future of work.