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Know any good books on the future of work?

Asked by evanchaney (34 points ) July 30th, 2008

I’m looking for recommendations of books you’ve read covering labor market and/or occupational trends. Or anything first-rate on the coming changes to employment in the world.

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anonyjelly16's avatar

I would suggest this: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008–09 Edition

However, this only addresses the US and not the entire world.

Are you looking for the future of a particular profession in a particular location?

mrjadkins's avatar

These are books that the educational technology community are using to help us plan to change education to meet the demands of the changing workforce. These are definitely great books about social and career changes. My top choice would be Dan Pink’s “A Whole New Mind”. It kind of sets the pace for the others.

I also suggest Thomas Friedman’s “The World is Flat” as well. His book outlines how technology and culture have made the resources of the world level out our interconnectiveness.

Books and blogs by author Seth Godin are recommended. “Small is the New Big” by Godin is really interesting. “Wikinomics” by Dan Tapscott is great about how technology is changing the economic landscape and how businesses are tapping into the transparency of the web.“Here Comes Everybody” by Clay Shirky talks about how social groups work in the business and social world. Interesting social study of how our social networks impact groups and how these groups influence others.

emt333's avatar

Have a look at Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. It’s about how decision making processes can be improved for employers, consumers, and governments. A good read that covers many topics you might be interested in.

evanchaney's avatar

@atharkhan Not necessarily. I’m looking to start a career in business analysis somewhere in the world (most likely I’ll end up in the U.S.) but am exploring general outlooks right now.

mrjadkins's avatar

@emt333 that sounds like an interesting book. I may take a look at Nudge myself. Thanks for suggestion!

blakemasnor's avatar

four hour work week by timothy ferris

nephrons's avatar

i dont think there are specific books in your case presented.. it all depends on whatever is your clear inclination.. let us assume you are interested in business, so what you need to do is study/observe the market for that particular business, preferably, do a feasibility study on that particular place you plan to establish your business..

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