The future of work – review of the literature to identify the origins

The Assessment Task

You will conduct a review of the literature to identify the origins of the concept of the Technological Unemployment and to chart its development up to the present day.

Following your review, you are to critically evaluate the impact of Technological Unemployment on a company of your choice.

You will be expected to illustrate your discussion with examples from the trade press and other authoritative sources. 

The word count limit for this assessment is 1800 words (+/- 10%). In line with normal practice, tables, figures, references and appendices are excluded from this word count.

Assessment Breakdown

1. Establish the scenario for your report by selecting an organisation of any type, sector and size to focus your report on. Describe: 

a) Which organisation is it? (type, sector and size) 

b) What are the main products and/or services provided by the organisation? 

c) Who are the main customers? 

(10% of word count)

2. Prepare a literature review, charting the development of the concept of Technological Unemployment from its inception until the present day. 

Ensure that you include references to at least 10 peer-reviewed articles, including the 2017 paper by Frey and Osborne that has been supplied. You may also find relevant reviews in the trade press and from other authoritative sources.

(45% of word count)

3. Apply Frey and Osborne’s findings (Appendix A) in the context of your chosen company. 

Consider a low impact scenario, when only jobs at high risk (> 70%) are replaced 

by technology. How does Frey and Osborne’s study suggest that the company will change?

Compare the predictions implied by Frey and Osborne’s study with the recent work by Cords and Prettner (2022). 

In your view, is Technological Unemployment a net benefit to society?

(45% of word count)