Technology and the Future of Work

Jul 18, 2023
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The societal and economic spasms of the early 2020s highlighted the crucial role of world-spanning supply chains in the modern global economy, as well as the growing role of digital technology, including AI and automation, in the future economy. In his keynote address, Sheffi explores how the integration of advanced technology with people and processes will be the hallmark of future supply chain management.

The last 50 years have added even more complexity to already intricate supply chains, due to the rising demand for goods as well as the increasing consumer expectations for fast, perfect delivery services. To meet these requirements, the capabilities and future roles of automation, robotics, and AI are changing and augmenting the jobs held by human workers.

While many of the new skills require technical know-how, it is social skills, ironically, that may be a key to future human employment in an economy dominated by technology.

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About the presenter

Yossi SheffiYossi Sheffi, Ph.D., is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis, and supply chain management. Under his leadership, MIT CTL has launched many educational, research, and industry and government outreach programs. These programs include the MIT Master of Engineering in Logistics program in 1998, the MIT Master of Applied Sciences in Supply Chain Management in 2018, and the MITx MicroMasters® Program in Supply Chain Management, an online offering launched in 2015 that reaches over 480,000 enrolled learners in 196 countries.

Outside the institute, Sheffi has consulted with numerous organizations. He has also founded or co-founded five successful companies, all acquired by large enterprises. He has been recognized in numerous ways in academic and industry forums and has won dozens of awards. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the Technion in Israel in 1975, his Master of Science degree from MIT in 1977, and his doctorate from MIT in 1978. Sheffi is the author of over 140 scientific publications and numerous other publications.

He is the author of the textbook Urban Transportation Networks: Equilibrium Analysis with Mathematical Programming Methods (1985) and several award-winning management books including: The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage (2005); Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth (2012); The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected (2015); Balancing Green: When to Embrace Sustainability in Business (and When Not To) (2018); The New (Ab)Normal: Reshaping Business and Supply Chain Strategy Beyond Covid-19 (October 2020); A Shot in the Arm: How Science, Engineering and Supply Chains Converged to Vaccinate the World (October 2021); and Strategic Planning for Dynamic Supply Chains: Preparing for Uncertainty Using Scenarios (April 2022). His latest book is The Magic Conveyor Belt: Supply Chains, A.I., and the Future of Work ( March 2023).
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