Reinventing jobs : a 4-step approach for applying automation to work / Ravin Jesuthasan and John W. Boudreau.
- Boston, Massachusetts : Harvard Business Review Press, 
xi, 213 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Industrial management -- Technological innovations.
Technological innovations -- Employee participation.
- Once the decision has been made to adopt automation and artificial intelligence technologies, leaders face difficult and stubborn questions about how to implement that decision: How, when, and where should we apply automation in our organizations? Is it a stark choice between humans versus machines? How do we stay on top of these technological trends as work and automation continue to evolve? Work and human capital experts Ravin Jesuthasan and John Boudreau argue that leaders need a new set of tools to answer these daunting questions. Going beyond traditional concepts like a "job," Jesuthasan and Boudreau show leaders that automation calls for a reexamination of what a job really is and show how to determine variations of tasks within jobs and then reconstruct those elements into new and different combinations. Furthermore, transcending the endless debate about humans being replaced by machines, the authors show how smart leaders instead are optimizing human-automation combinations that are not only more efficient but generate higher returns on improved performance. Based on groundbreaking primary research, this book provides an original, structured approach and a new set of tools for applying automation and artificial intelligence in your organization. Jesuthasan and Boudreau provide a practical four-step framework--deconstruct, optimize, automate, and reconfigure--through which you and others throughout your organization can collaborate to proactively and continuously "reconstruct" work and create optimal human-machine combinations.-- Provided by publisher.
- Introduction: AI and robotics are here. Now what?
Part One. Optimizing work automation: a 4-step framework. Deconstruct the job: which job tasks are best suited to automation?
Assess the relationship between job performance and strategic value: what is the automation payoff?
Identify options: what automation is possible?
Optimize work: what does the right human-automation combination look like?
Part Two. Redefining the organization, leadership, and workers: automation implications beyond reinventing jobs. The new organization: digital, agile, and boundaryless and work-centric
The new leadership: democratic, social and perpetually upgraded
Deconstruct and reconfigure your work: using the work-automation framework to navigate your personal work evolution.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Boudreau, John W., author.
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