Occupational Survival Through Field-Level Task Integration

Topics: Organizational Structure

Systems Men, Production Planners, and the Computer, 1940s–1990s

Steven J. Kahl et al., Organization Science, October 2016

Some occupations thrived after the dawn of computers. Others went extinct. In a new research paper, Tuck professor Steven Kahl D’91 explores why.

A study into how occupational groups survive the introduction of a new technology and associated jurisdictional changes.  Two occupational associations were compared: systems men and production planners.

The authors discuss many questions, including: What is it that challenges and occupation’s long-term survivability?  How was this impacted by the introduction of the computer and other technology?


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