WOERRC Research Seminar: The Quantified Self in Precarity with Dr Phoebe Mo...

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Sheffield University Management School

Conduit Road

Sheffield

S10 1FL

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This research seminar is hosted by the Work Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) part of the division of Work, Employment, People and Organisation (WEPO) at Sheffield University Management School in collaboration with the Digital Society Network.

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Dr Phoebe Moore is Associate Professor of Political Economy and Technology in the Division of Management and Organisation at Leicester University. She writes about technology, production, work and governance. Her latest books are The Quantified Self in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts (Routledge 2017) and the edited collection Humans and Machines at Work: Monitoring, Surveillance and Automation in Contemporary Capitalism (Palgrave 2017).

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Humans are accustomed to being tool bearers, but what happens when machines become tool bearers, where the tool is seemingly ever more precise in its calculation about human labour via the use of big data and people analytics by metrics? Data, as quantified output, is treated as a neutral arbiter and judge, and is being prioritised over qualitative judgements in ‘agile’ key performance indicator management systems and digitalised client based relationships. From insecure ‘gig’ work to workplace health and wellness initiatives in office work, which include sensory tracking devices, digitalisation is not an inevitable process. Nor is it one that necessarily improves working conditions. Instead, workplace quantification leads to high turnover rates, workplace rationalisation and worker stress and anxiety. Indeed, before too long it will be possible for employers to quite literally track our blood, sweat and tears. These issues are linked to increased rates of precarity both objective and subjective. Scientific management asked us to be efficient. Now, we are asked to be agile. What will this mean for the everyday lives we lead?

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Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, Level D, Sheffield University Management School

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  • 16.30 - 17.00 Refreshments

  • 17.00 -18.00 Seminar with Q&A


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Sheffield University Management School

Conduit Road

Sheffield

S10 1FL

United Kingdom

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