Rosabeth Kanter

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: The Software Industry as a Model for Tomorrow's Jobs

Some high-tech firms are redefining the relationship between employer and employee.

The requiem for jobs and careers as the American middle class has known them has already sounded. Some purveyors of career advice claim that "jobs" are increasingly obsolete; instead, people will perform tasks on a project-by-project basis under short-term contracts. They liken workers to free agents in professional sports. Or they invoke Hollywood to describe future careers: teams assembled for particular ventures that will readily move on to the next one, carrying their security with them via their reputations and network of contacts. Hype aside, there is a grain of truth in these images. Today's good jobs are different from those of memory and nostalgia, as I found recently in a national study of local challenges in the global economy. The software and related knowledge industries are inventing a new kind of career with profound implications for the way we work and live. As companies in these industries must adapt to relentless change, so too must their employees adapt to change in...