The workforce is generally made up of two types of workers: blue-collar workers, mostly working for an hourly wage, and white-collar workers who tend to be salaried. But some trends in the overall labor market indicate we might be creating another class of worker. These new workers are part of the “Gig Economy,” which seems to be crossing—or in some cases, blurring—the lines between the blue-collar worker and the white-collar worker.
When it comes to manufacturing in today’s economy, increased automation in manufacturing plants may seem like a given. Factories first opened their doors to modern industrial robots in 1961 when Unimate—a 4,000-pound (1,814-kilogram) arm attached to a giant steel drum—joined the General Motors workforce, and they have since become a mainstay of mass production. When a job is just right for a robot, productivity tends to increase dramatically.
However, not all companies are going the way of automation on the assembly line, especially when trading humans for machines goes against their brand.
Younger than their tenured colleagues, only a few years older than their students, and still having to prove themselves both as professors and leaders in their field, young professors face added stress. However, a select few thrive in this pressure cooker, outperforming senior teaching staff, winning the admiration of their students, and producing standout scholarship.
Poets&Quants’ “Top 40 Under 40″ recognizes these rising stars—young professors who represent elite schools from around the world. These uncommon professors have excelled in research while overcoming the green-professor label in the classroom. MIT Sloan Executive Education is proud to announce that our own Catherine Tucker is among their list of the world’s best b-school professors under the age of 40. The 36-year old MIT Sloan Associate Professor of Marketing and Mark Hyman Jr. Career Development Professor is recognized for her ability to excel in research, win the admiration of her students, and produce outstanding scholarly work. Read her profile on Poets&Quants here.
Nancy Wine, Director of Marketing at O’Connor & Drew, P.C., in Braintree, Massachusetts, spoke recently with MIT Sloan Executive Education about her experience at the School; the benefits of networking with peers from all over the world; and why MIT is still “ahead of its time.”
What executive education courses have you taken at MIT Sloan? Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems; Intelligent Organizations, Collaboration, and the Future of Work; Transforming Your Leadership Strategy; and Managing Complex Technical Projects. As a result, I received an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership in 2011.
How have you applied what you learned in the courses back at your workplace?
As a leader, myself, I’ve learned that everyone in the professional services firm I work with is also a leader in some capacity. Every day, I try to demonstrate those leadership skills to set an example. What I learned in the courses gave me affirmation and confidence that, as a leader and manager, I am on the right track, and the importance of paying close attention to the insights and differences in perspectives of those around me.
MIT Sloan Executive Education has partnered with MIT Sloan Management Review (SMR) to grant our community free access to articles authored by our faculty. We invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity and learn more about the cutting-edge research of MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty. Interested in some of our new short courses? Get to know the faculty teaching them through their articles and research. Available only for a limited time, you can access more than 35 articles by visiting our website through June 30, 2014.
Some of the links to faculty-authored SMR content you’ll find on our website include:
Articles by Douglas Ready, Senior Lecturer in Organization Effectiveness. He teaches in the new program, Building Game-Changing Organizations: Aligning Purpose, Performance, and People.
Articles by John Sterman, Professor of System Dynamics and Engineering Systems and Director of the MIT System Dynamics Group. He teaches in the new course Strategies for Sustainable Business, among many others.
Articles by Catherine Tucker, the Mark Hyman Jr. Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Marketing at MIT Sloan. She teaches in several Executive Education programs, include the new course, Platform Strategy: Building and Thriving in a Vibrant Ecosystem.
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