In management, research on this topic includes alternative work arrangements, telecommuting, artificial intelligence, work and employment policy, generational differences in values, and more. Submission deadline: 1 July 2022
The future of work is a theme that is receiving increasing attention in the business world. The future of work refers to how work will change in the coming decades because of, for example, advances in technology (e.g., robotics, artificial intelligence), demographic changes (e.g., aging populations, racial demographics), and other societal trends (e.g., shifting values, increasing inequality). In academia, a set of disciplines have embraced the study of the future of work. For example, economists have examined trends in society to predict how labor markets will change and what skills will be most desirable (Autor & Dorn, 2013; Frey & Osborne, 2017); computer scientists have explored technological developments like on-demand platform work (Blaising, Kotturi, & Kulkarni, 2019); and legal scholars have considered the consequences of changing employment relationships (Aloisi & De Stefano, 2020). In management, research relevant to the topic of the future of work captures a range of topics from alternative work arrangements (Petriglieri & Ashford, 2019; Spreitzer, Cameron, & Garrett, 2017) to telecommuting (Choudhury, Foroughi, & Larson, 2020), artificial intelligence (von Krogh, 2018), work and employment policy (Kochan, 2015), generational differences in values (Twenge, Campbell, Hoffman, & Lance, 2010), and more. The study of the future of work thus allows for a rich set of questions that can be analyzed across disciplines and within various contexts.
Despite ongoing efforts to examine the future of work, the relevant body of knowledge, especially in management, remains underdeveloped. There is a lack of consensus in the management field on what the future of work entails (Santana & Cobo, 2020),
and many areas of the future of work remain underexplored. For example, the majority of published studies have focused on societal trends and consequences relevant to the future of work, mostly examining technological innovations and inequality as
drivers of change in the future of work with a smaller number examining the role of demographics and the environment (e.g., climate change) (Balliester & Elsheikhi, 2018). However, there is the opportunity to learn much about the future of work
from studies concerning, for example, how organizations and individuals prepare for a changing world of work. In addition, the “status quo” of organizations risks leading us into a future of work that perpetuates inequalities, if problematic
practices are not reexamined and rethought (e.g., Amis, Mair, & Munir, 2020). To create a coherent body of knowledge on the future of work in management, further studies are needed across the micro, meso, and macro levels, as well as studies that
bridge these levels. In addition, rather than viewing human actors as passive recipients of technological advancements and large-scale societal trends, it is important to develop an understanding of how people actively react to, contribute to, and
shape the changing world of work in meaningful ways. Thus, a greater focus on people in the study of the future of work is warranted.
This SRF thus focuses on conceptualizing and examining the role that employees, managers, and leaders play in helping to create the future of work, with a special emphasis on the exploration and discovery of solutions to shape, rather than merely await, the future of work. The aim of the SRF is to bring scholarly attention to the human side of the future of work: how individuals, organizations, and society feel about, make sense of, and ultimately react to the changing world of work, as well as how these actors can serve as drivers in the changing world of work. By bringing together scholars, our hope is that the SRF will foster a growing conversation and catalyze research and theory development in these areas.
Papers for the SRF can come from a broad range of disciplines. Within management and organizational research, contributions related to the role of human cognition, emotion, and behavior in the future of work, advances in HR practices and processes, ethical and social responsibilities in the future of work, managing change in organizations, technological innovation and management, and diversity and inclusion in the future of work would be gladly received. We strongly encourage interdisciplinary work. For example, perspectives from psychology, economics, human-computer interaction, education, health care, communication, and sociology can further contribute to the mission of the SRF.
Finally, we invite manuscripts that engage with critical topics where humans have the potential to influence the course of the future of work, including reactions to new technologies, the work people do, with whom people work, when, where and how people work, and why people work, as well as manuscripts that offer solutions for methodological challenges and suggestions for methodological innovations in research on the future of work.
The following questions are indicative (but not exhaustive) of the areas of focus for this call for papers.
How do people feel about and respond to the future of work?
What will be the nature of work?
What work will people do (or not do)?
With whom will people work?
When, where, and how will people work?
Why will people work?
Initial Submission Window: 1 May 2022 to 1 July 2022
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Aloisi, A., & De Stefano, V. 2020. Regulation and the future of work: The employment relationship as an innovation facilitator. International Labour Review, 159(1): 47-69.
Amis, J.M., Mair, J., & Munir, K. A. 2020. The organizational reproduction of inequality. Academy of Management Annals, 14(1): 195-230.
Autor, D. H., & Dorn, D. 2013. The growth of low-skill service jobs and the polarization of the US labor market. American Economic Review, 103(5): 1553-1597.
Balliester, T., & Elsheikhi, A. 2018. The future of work: A literature review. Research Department Working Paper No. 29, International Labour Office.
Blaising, A., Kotturi, Y., & Kulkarni, C. 2019. Navigating uncertainty in the future of work: Information-seeking and critical events among online freelancers. Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Glasgow, UK, Proceedings, 19: 1-6.
Choudhury, P., Foroughi, C., & Larson, B. 2021. Work-from-anywhere: The productivity effects of geographic flexibility. Strategic Management Journal, 42(4): 655-683.
Dane, E., & Rockmann, K.W. 2021. Listen up! Revitalizing our writing to stir our readers and supercharge our thinking. Academy of Management Discoveries, 7(2): 1-7.
Frey, C., & Osborne, M. 2017. The future of employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation? Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 114: 254-280.
Kochan, T. A. 2015. Shaping the future of work: What future worker, business, government, and education leaders need to do for all to prosper. New York: Business Expert Press.
Petriglieri, G., & Ashford, S. J., & Wrzesniewski, A. 2019. Agony and ecstasy in the gig economy: Cultivating holding environments for precarious and personalized work identities. Administrative Science Quarterly, 64(1): 23-41.
Spreitzer, G. M., Cameron, L., & Garrett, L. 2017. Alternative work arrangements: Two images of the new world of work. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 4: 473-499.
Twenge, J. M., Campbell, S. M., Hoffman, B. J., & Lance, C. E. 2010. Generational differences in work values: Leisure and extrinsic values increasing, social and instrinsic values decreasing. Journal of Management, 36(5): 1117-1142.
von Krogh, G. 2018. Artificial intelligence in organizations: New opportunities for phenomenon-based theorizing. Academy of Management Discoveries, 4(4): 404-409.