Organizing with on-demand freelancers in the platform economy: Part Two

What challenges do organizations face when adopting online freelancing platforms as part of their business models? annawaldl/pixabay. (CCO) Digital technologies have enabled the rise of online labour platforms that transform contemporary organizations and the way work gets done. In Part One of this blog, I introduced a typology of online labour platforms and described the motivations… Read More »

Organizing with on-demand freelancers in the platform economy: Part One

To understand the future of work we need to explore the diversity of platforms and how they are used in the modern economy. Widjaya Ivan/Flickr. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) In the platform economy, digital technologies enable a wide range of interactions. You’re probably familiar with sharing economy platforms such as Uber and Airbnb. But probably lesser… Read More »

Uber: risk without autonomy or control

1 November 2016 0

Dr Alex J. Wood discussed the implications of the recent UK Uber Employment Tribunal ruling on BBC News. The court decided that Uber must classify its drivers as workers. The ruling means that, pending appeal, Uber drivers are entitled to the national minimum and living wage of £7.20 an hour, rest breaks and sick pay.… Read More »

Mapping the demand for online labour

27 October 2016 0

Our colleagues over at the Geonet project have drawn some wonderful maps based on our Online Labour Index country data. The open vacancies are plotted in the figure below. As you can see the distribution is extremely skewed, with the United States buying as much online labour as the whole world combined. One explanation behind this is… Read More »