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AI and the changing nature of work (a Cambridge Network event)

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  • UserSpeaker: Dr Stella Pachidi, University of Cambridge Judge Business School.
  • ClockWednesday 04 November 2020, 11:00-12:00
  • House Webinar (via Zoom online).

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Louise Rushworth.

Many of us have had to learn and adapt to new technology in the workplace over the last 6 months. Additionally, AI is being introduced into certain workplace sectors, replacing humans. These digital trends seem here to stay. Dr Stella Pachidi will share her insights into the intersection between technology, work and organisations, especially in areas of resistance between them. If you’re implementing a new IT system, technology or change management programme of any sort you will want to hear this talk first.

A large proportion of us has had to learn and adapt to new technology quickly, whether that is co-operating as teams on Teams, running and attending webinars on Zoom, or trying to manage your clients or attract new ones with a lack of physical meetings.

Additionally, advances in AI technology can replace human labour in sectors such as the legal and accountancy professions, where routine jobs can now be done by machines. The workplace is changing – how do managers manage in this environment? How do they manage staff resistance to the introduction of technology into the workplace? Technology and the digitisation of work is here to stay. And it’s not without its challenges.

Dr Pachidi will explore the things that managers should be aware of, from balancing the challenges of a technical implementation to managing resistance from users. She will share a case study of her work observing the implementation of AI-based technology into one company, the change management process and the effect on employees….a project which went very wrong.

About Dr Pachidi

Dr Stella Pachidi is a Lecturer in Information Systems at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Her research interests lie in the intersection of technology, work and organising. Currently, her research projects include the introduction of algorithmic technologies such as analytics and artificial intelligence in organisations; managing challenges in the workplace with digitisation; and practices of knowledge collaboration across boundaries. She holds a PhD in Business Administration from VU University Amsterdam, a MSc in Business Informatics from Utrecht University, and a MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens.

The session will take place at 11am – 12pm on Wednesday 4th November. Please email louise.rushworth@cambridgenetwork.co.uk to take part! Attendance is free for staff / students of the University of Cambridge. Participants will be sent a link to join via Zoom prior to the start time.

The event web page is at www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=27608

This talk is part of the Cambridge Network events series.

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