Job security remains one of the most pressing problems in American life. Louis Hyman, former McKinsey consultant and now professor of labor at Cornell University, identifies the 1970 recession as the end of the postwar boom and the beginning of workforce commodification. Lucid and critical, Hyman will impress readers with his inside understanding of the world of consulting and temporary work, though he may underplay the opportunities of the gig universe, particularly for young people trying to gain skills and experience. His study delves into weak corporate investment in the workforce – not to mention in R&D or innovation. Hyman finds that firms that neglect these priorities will lose out to worker-owned and -operated services in the digital universe. Readers with an interest in the history of labor in America, the digital future, the gig economy and the evolution of corporate culture – and in finding a permanent job – will learn much from Professor Hyman.
About the Author
Former Fulbright scholar and McKinsey consultant Louis Hyman is an associate professor at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and also wrote Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink and Borrow: The American Way of Debt.