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1 CISB 412 Social and Professional Issues Work and Wealth

2 Reference Materials used in this presentation are extracted mainly from the following texts, unless stated otherwise. Michael J. Quinn “Ethics for the Information Age”, 3 rd edition. Pearson 2009

3 Learning Outcomes At the end of this lesson you should be able to Discuss how Information Technology and automation affect workplace Discuss the changes in workplace and the impact to the society Apply the ethical principles to establish morality of the action presented

4 The Discussion

5 Questions for discussion IT and automation leads to widespread unemployment. Provide an example to describe this notion.

6 Questions for discussion IT and automation leads to job creation. Provide an example to describe this notion

7 Questions for discussion IT and automation has caused an increase in working hour. Provide an example to describe this notion

8 Questions for discussion Telework describes employees work away from traditional place of work (e.g. home office, sales person with no office). Identify and explain advantages and disadvantages of teleworking.

9 Questions for discussion Temporary work describes organization hiring temporary manpower to do specific job for a certain duration of time. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of temporary work

10 Questions for discussion IT in workplace has made ‘monitoring’ possible. 82% of companies monitor employees in some way. The purpose of monitoring is to identify inappropriate use of company resources as well as detect illegal activities among the employees. Identify and explain the advantages and the disadvantages of workplace monitoring.

11 Questions for discussion Digital divide means some people have access to modern information technology while others do not. Two types of divisions : global and social Provide an example to demonstrate a digital divide in your country.

12 Questions for discussion You lead a group of five software engineers involved in the testing of a new product. Your manager tells you that because of a company- wide layoff, you will need to give notice to one member of your team. From your interactions with the team members, you can easily identify the two members who are least productive, but you are not sure which of them you should lay off. You know that the company keeps track of all Internet traffic to each person’s computer, although you have never shared this information with your team. You could use this information to determine how much time, if any; these two employees are spending surfing the Web. Is it wrong to access these records? Discuss your answer based on the following ethical principles: Kantianism Subjective Relativism Act Utilitarianism Divine Command Theory

13 The Contents

14 Automation and Job Destruction Lost manufacturing jobs – 43 million jobs lost between 1979 and 1994 – Manufacturing workers: 35% (1947)  12% (2002) - USA Lost white-collar jobs – Secretarial and clerical positions – Accountants and bookkeepers – Middle managers Juliet Schor: Work week got longer between 1979 and 1990

15 Automation and Job Creation Increase of Purchasing Power – Automation lowers prices – That increases demand for product – Increased demand  more jobs – Number of manufacturing jobs worldwide is increasing Martin Carnoy: Workers today work less than workers 100 years ago

16 Workplace Changes Organizational Changes Information technology integration into firms – Automating back office functions (e.g., payroll) – Improving communication among business units Results – Flattened organizational structures – Eliminating transactional middlemen (supply- chain automation)

17 Workplace Changes Telework Employees work away from traditional place of work Examples – Home office – Commuting to a telecenter – Salespersons with no office About 20% of Americans do some telework

18 Workplace Changes Telework – Advantages Increases productivity Reduces absenteeism Improves morale Helps recruitment and retention of top employees Saves overhead Improves company resilience Helps environment Saves employees money

19 Workplace Changes Telework – Disadvantages Threatens managers’ control and authority Makes face-to-face meetings impossible Sensitive information less secure Team meetings more difficult Teleworkers less visible Teleworkers “out of the loop” Isolation of teleworkers Teleworkers work longer hours for same pay

20 Workplace Changes Temporary Work Companies less committed to employees Lay-offs not taboo as they once were Companies hiring more temporary employees – Saves money on benefits – Makes it easier to downsize Long-term employment for one firm less common

21 Workplace Changes Monitoring 82% of companies monitor employees in some way – Purpose: Identify inappropriate use of company resources – Can also detect illegal activities Other uses of monitoring – Gauge productivity (10% of firms) – Improve productivity – Improve security

22 Workplace Changes Multinational Teams Software development teams in India since 1980s Advantages of multinational teams – Company has people on duty more hours per day – Cost savings Disadvantage of multinational teams – Poorer infrastructure in less developed countries

23 Globalization Define globalization.

24 Globalization - For Increases competition People in poorer countries deserve jobs, too It is a tried-and-true route for a poor country to become prosperous Global jobs reduce unrest and increase stability

25 Globalization - Against Forces workers to compete with foreigners who do not get decent wages and benefits Accelerates exodus of manufacturing and white-collar jobs Hurts workers in foreign countries

26 Digital Divide Digital divide: some people have access to modern information technology while others do not Evidence of the digital divide Models of technological diffusion Critiques of the digital divide

27 Evidence of the Digital Divide Global divide – Access higher in wealthy countries – Access higher where IT infrastructure good – Access higher where literacy higher – Access higher in English-speaking countries – Access higher where it is culturally valued Social divide – Access higher for young people – Access higher for well-educated people

28 The Winner-Take-All Phenomenon Winner-take-all: a few top performers have disproportionate share of wealth Causes – IT and efficient transportation systems – Network economies – Dominance of English language – Changing business norms

29 Harmful Effects of Winner-Take-All Drawing some of most talented people into socially unproductive work Creating wasteful investment, consumption Concentrating a disproportionate share of best students in a few elite institutions Unfairly compensating those with just slightly inferior performance Harming our culture

30 Reducing Winner-Take-All Effects Enacting laws limiting number of hours stores can remain open Allowing cooperative agreements among businesses Creating more progressive tax structures Implementing campaign finance reform

31 Questions?

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