Review: David Weil, The Disintegrated Firm

Spring 2018

Review of D. Weil, The Fissured Workplace, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2014

We are living through a transformation of work. Technology is changing the content of the jobs we do, as machines replace humans in some tasks while changing the nature of others, with important consequences for employment and inequality. But technology is also changing the organisation of work: the way that tasks are bundled into jobs, the way that jobs and workers are organised into firms, and the nature of the employment relationship between firms and workers. Changes in the organisation of work, and their implications for inequality, have risen up the political agenda in recent years, spurred by the rise of platforms like Uber and Deliveroo, and of the ‘gig economy’ more broadly. But these changes are best understood as the latest manifestation of a longer-term transformation which has been underway since the 1980s.

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