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An Evidence-based Perspective on the Future of Work

Dr. Fred Oswald

The future of work is an interesting area of focus.  We all want to know what jobs may disappear in the future and what skills are likely to gain importance. Although this topic has been gaining prominence in recent years, what’s missing is an organizing framework on how to think about the future of work in a way that’s actionable. Our guest, Dr. Fred Oswald, professor of Psychology at Rice University sheds light on all the influential contributing factors.  In addition, he provides a useful framework for us to think about skills as it relates to the future of work.

 

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About Our Episode On the Future of Work

  • Who are the stakeholders who should be involved in a future of work initiative?
  • What unique perspective does I-O Psychology have to offer that will advance the conversation on the future of work?
  • Useful frameworks that will allow stakeholders to take concrete steps toward preparing for the future.
  • A conversation on skill taxonomies pertaining to the future of work has become popular.
    High-return interventions that schools can adopt to prepare their workforce for the future.
  • A few hands-on things that community colleges can do to prepare for the future.
  • Examples of projects and agencies that are doing important work to enable organizations and employees, or schools and students, to prepare for the future of work, and where society should invest.
  • A conversation on the affairs between the present and future of education and technology and sophisticated AI algorithms applied to big data.

We all wonder, not only about the jobs that may disappear in the future, but also about the skills that are likely to gain importance. In the last year, I’ve had the pleasure of participating in several conversations on this topic. Specifically, I’ve particiapted in conversations hosted by Stanford university, the Institute for the Future and the society for Industrial and Organizational psychology. It is wonderful and comforting to see all the proactive  steps that are being taken to in preparation for whats to come.

However, a factor that’s often missing is an organizing framework on how to think about the future of work in a way that’s actionable. Fortunately, our speaker for this podcasts provides powerful tips on how to help. Our guest is Dr. Fred Oswald, professor of Psychology at Rice University. In this podcast, we’ll hear about his work in accordance with details from his recent book. In particular, we focus on multi-disciplinary approaches to the future of work, broad-skills vs. deep-skills, and so on.

Meet the Speaker From Our Podcast on The Future of Work

Dr. Fred Oswald

Dr. Fred Oswald

Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Herbert S. Autrey Chair of Social Sciences Rice University

 

Dr. Fred Oswald is a Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair of Social Sciences at the Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University. His research focuses on the future of the workforce, the effectiveness of the workforce, the measurement of the workforce, and the analysis of the workforce. Additionally, he is an expert in big data and advanced analytical techniques. In 2019 Fred coedited a book on workforce readiness and the future of work along with coauthors Tara Behrends and Lori Foster.  Moreover, Dr. Oswald chairs several national committees, including but not limited to the National Academy of Science (NAS) and the Board on Human Systems Integration (BOHSI). Fred is a fellow and the past president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Links to Dr. Fred Oswald’s publications on the future of work:

Oswald, F. L., Behrend, T. S., & Foster, L. L. (Eds.) (2019). Workforce readiness and the future of work. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
Beier, M. E., & Oswald, F. L. (2012). Is cognitive ability a liability?: A critique and future research agenda on skilled performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 18, 331-345.
Hough, L. M., & Oswald, F. L. (2000). Personnel selection: Looking toward the future— remembering the past. Annual Review of Psychology, 51, 631-664.
Oswald, F. L. (2019). Open science, open practice: Future reality or pipedream? (M. Morrison & Chris Castile, Co-chairs). Panelist at the 34rd Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Fort Washington, MD

 

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