Workers becoming slaves to technology

The Information Overload Research Group has been set up by academics and tech companies like Microsoft, IBM and Intel to find ways of reducing the stresses on knowledge workers. The organisation’s slogan “reducing information pollution” says it all.

A reading list for aspiring knowledge workers. Future Tense:

Jim McGee recommends 25 books for knowledge workers.

I’ve only read two of the books on this list from cover to cover (and both a long time ago) so there’s a fair bit of catching up to do here.

I’m not sure I agree with all McGee’s choices. For example while David Allen’s Getting Things Done has useful ideas and can help for some knowledge workers, it is not an essential read on the subject of knowledge working.

Break or Weld? Trade Union responses to global value chain restructuring

This book review on the New Unionism blog says some knowledge workers are joining trade unions, or at least organizations that look and function like traditional trade unions. The post also looks at how unions are responding to globalization. Sadly there are no comments on this post. It would be good to see some discussion of whether the trade unions that developed to protect industrial workers are of practical help to knowledge workers.

Book Excerpt: The Numerati by Stepen Baker

BusinessWeek reprints a chapter from Stephen Baker’s eye-opening book which looks at how mathematics (or math if you are American) can deliver powerful new insights into just about every area of human activity. Going on the extract, this book looks like it might earn a place on my knowledge worker book list.

The Knowledge Handoff

This looks at how baby-boomer executives are handing over their knowledge to a younger generation as they prepare for retirement. There’s also a slide show that runs over the key points.

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