Workforce ecosystems: reaching strategic goals with people, partners, and technologies
Lunch Seminar in presence
Building BL26/B – Room 0.19 (ground floor)
Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
Via R. Lambruschini, 4/B
University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
In this seminar, Prof. Elizabeth J. Altman will discuss her multi-year research project with MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte Consulting on the Future of the Workforce. Prof. Altman will provide an overview of her book: Workforce Ecosystems: Reaching Strategic Goals with People, Partners, and Technologies (MIT Press). Workforce ecosystems include traditional employees and also external participants such as long term contractors, shorter term gig workers, complementor organizations, and technologies (e.g., bots). This research explores strategic, managerial, and organizational challenges and opportunities associated with these diverse, networked, interconnected, governance structures. It includes topics related to integration architectures, technology enablers, and leadership approaches. Illustrative examples derive from interviews with senior leaders in organizations such as Amazon, IBM, Mayo Clinic, NASA, Nike, Roche, Unilever, the U.S. Army, Walmart, and others.
Elizabeth Altman is an Associate Professor of management at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Manning School of Business. She is a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School (HBS), Laboratory for Innovation Science at the Digital, Data, and Design Institute (D^3), and a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Initiative on the Digital Economy, and a Nonresident Fellow in the Economic Studies program of the Brookings Institution. She has also been a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Altman’s research focuses on strategy, innovation, platforms, ecosystems, future of work, leadership, and AI. She is the lead author of the book “Workforce Ecosystems: Reaching Strategic Goals with People, Partners, and Technologies” (2023, MIT Press). Her research has been published in the Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Brookings Institution, Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Management Studies, and elsewhere. Prior to academia, Altman was a Motorola vice president. She holds a doctorate in business administration from HBS, master’s of science degrees in mechanical engineering and management from MIT, and a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.