Cornell University

Institute for Compensation Studies™

273 Ives Faculty Building, 607-255-4424

Technology and Employment Sustainability Initiative

Click here for the report of the Cornell ILR 2013 Roundtable on Employment and Technology

On April 12, 2013, Cornell's ILR School convened 40 scholars, business leaders, policy makers, media experts, and representatives from grant-making foundations in an invitation-only discussion of employers use of new technologies and the impact on quality job-creation in the United States.

This evEmployment Sustainability: 2013 Roundtable on Employment and Technologyent launched a dialogue through which the ILR School looks to advance informed and open-minded, cross-sector conversation about the forces driving the high adoption rates of productivity-enhancing technologies throughout the U.S. economy, and the impacts on employment and the future of work.

Key points raised and addressed:

  • Technological advancement and globalization are significantly impacting U.S. jobs and raising the risk that more and more U.S. workers will be caught "in the middle" as jobs migrate to higher-skill and lower-skill work.
  • Collection of U.S. economic data for measuring work and the labor market is not keeping pace with the rapidly changing world of work.
  • As globalization and technology make it more efficient for companies to engage fewer U.S. workers, and more of them in countries such as India and China, these forces are also changing the U.S. innovation advantage.
  • Current conceptualization of Corporate Social Responsibility isn't enough.

Employment Sustainability: 2013 Roundtable on Employment and TechnologyOverall, there was widespread agreement that a much broader and more vigorous national discussion is needed regarding the short- and longer-term impacts of technological advances on the nature of work, the creation and elimination of jobs, and the ability of U.S. workers to earn a sustainable living.

2013 Cornell ILR Roundtable Participants & Expert Video Clips

  • Jaison Abel, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Timothy Aeppel, The Wall Street Journal
  • Linda Barrington, Cornell University, ILR School
  • Steven Berkenfeld, Barclays Capital
    View video (3:21)
  • Alan Blinder, Princeton University
  • Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT Sloan School of Management
    View video (2:52)
  • Diane Burton, Cornell University, ILR School
    View video (2:08)
  • Henrik Christensen, Georgia Institute of Technology
    View video (1:21)
  • David Dorn, Harvard University / CEMFI
  • Ellen Dulberger, Ellen Dulberger Enterprises, LLC
  • Lorrie Foster, The Conference Board
    View video (1:38)
  • Maggie Gagliardi, WorldatWork
  • Danielle Goonan, Clinton Global Initiative
    View video (1:56)
  • Joan Greco, Dialogue Media Group
  • Jane Greenman, CommVault Systems
  • Kevin Hallock, Cornell University, ILR School
    View video (1:54)
  • Jeff Hoffman, Jeff Hoffman & Associates, Global Philanthropy & Civic Engagement
    View video (2:35)
  • Harry Katz, Cornell University, ILR School
    View video (2:28)
  • Henry Kelly, OSTP, The White House
  • Thomas Kochan, MIT Sloan School of Management
    View video (1:48)
  • Hanan Kolko, Freelancers Union and Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.
    View video (1:19)
  • Frank Koller, Journalist and Author of Spark
  • Adriana Kugler, Georgetown University
  • Chauncy Lennon, Ford Foundation
  • Hod Lipson, Cornell University, College of Engineering
    View video (3:12)
  • Gary Marcus, New York University
    View video (1:17)
  • Thomas Nardone, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Katrina Ngo, Clinton Global Initiative
  • David Paratore, NanoSteel Company
  • Donna Sharp, Cornell University, ILR School
  • Bart van Ark, The Conference Board
  • Lars Vilhuber, Cornell University, Labor Dynamics Institute
  • Sarah Wynn-Williams, Facebook