Measuring the supply of digital labour: How the OLI worker supplement is constructed

As more and more tasks and projects are transacted via online platforms and apps, national governments and statistical agencies face increasing challenges in tracking the growth of this phenomenon. To address this, we have created the Online Labour Index (OLI) and its new Worker Supplement. This post explains the methodology behind the OLI Worker Supplement.… Read More »

The online gig economy grew 26% over the past year

Online freelancing and crowdwork are some of the terms used for temporary and project-based work conducted remotely over digital platforms. Unlike the local gig economy of driving and delivery work, this online gig economy often requires specialized skills such as programming and graphic design. Conventional economic indicators are poor at measuring this new market, so… Read More »

How the Fortune 500 experiment with platform adoption

Organizing for successful platform adoption: Part 2 PublicDomainPictures/pixabai (CCO) Large corporations are starting to realize the benefits of leveraging online platforms to access freelancers on an on-demand basis. However, they are also presented with new challenges around how to organize for successful platform adoption? In part One of this blog I’ve drawn upon innovation literature to… Read More »

Preparing for successful platform adoption: Part One

What does innovation literature predict about the organizational challenges of adopting online freelancing platforms – and how to address them?  TeroVesalainen/pixabai. (CCO) Digital technologies have fueled a new wave of outsourcing opportunities where firms leverage online labour platforms to access freelancers on and on-demand basis. These developments inform estimations that in the coming years, 80%… Read More »

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 »