OMS 405

OMS 405
Senior Capstone on the Gig Economy
Reading List

Prof. Alice Brawley, Gettysburg College, Spring 2018
(see syllabus here)

1. What is gig work? (Jan 26)

2. This ain’t a new problem, folks!

2a. Some historical and big picture perspective (the changing nature of work) (Jan 31)

  • The legal context of the management of human resources (Murphy, 2018), pp. 2-5 (“Historical Context”) and pp. 16-17 (“Who is an Employee…?”)
  • Labour is not a technology: Reasserting the Declaration of Philadelphia in times of platform-work and gig-economy (de Stefano, 2017), pp. 4-6 (Section 2. “Uber: Digital service…?”) and pp. 8-14 (Sections 4 and 5)

2b. A primer on employee classification, taxes, and tax forms (Feb 2)

  • Making Money on Youtube and Paying Taxes! (Anneayail, 2016, see link in Week 2-3 slides)
  • The Sharing Economy (Sundararajan, 2016), Ch. 8 “The Future of Work: What Needs to Be Done,” pp. 177-192

2c. Employee classification in light of the gig economy (Feb 7)

2d. Recent rulings, etc. (Feb 9)

3. Exploring platforms

3a. Student mini-presentations #1 on selected various platforms (in class Feb 14)

3b. Limits of uberization? (Feb 16)

3c. Organizing what we know so far about gig work platforms (Feb 16)

  • The Sharing Economy (Sundararajan, 2016), Ch. 3 “Platforms: Under the Hood”

4. Being a gig worker

4a. Firsthand experience (Feb 21)

  • “Being an MTurk Worker” participation prep assignment

4b. Secondhand experiences (including interview prep) (Feb 21 & 23)

4c. Who gig works? (Feb 21)

5. Measuring the gig economy

5a. Variations in findings (Feb 28)

5b. Limitations of measurement methods (in class Feb 28)

6. Worker issues

6a. Benefits (Mar 7)

6b. Occupational health (Mar 21)

6c. Collaborative efforts (Mar 21)

6d. Collective action: Unions? Manifestos? Protests? (Mar 23)

7. Fairness

7a. Defining fairness (in class Mar 28)

7b. Ratings (Mar 28)

7c. Discrimination in ratings (Mar 28)

7d. Pay (Mar 30)

7e. Unequal access (Mar 28 & 30)

8. “Bigger picture” impacts of the gig economy

8a. Housing (Apr 4)

8b. Artificial intelligence (Apr 4)

8c. Welfare and social safety nets (Apr 4)

8d. Marrying traditional business and the gig economy (Apr 6)

9. Is the gig economy good?

9a. “Bad”? (Apr 11)

9b. “Good”? (Apr 13)

10. What gig work means for us

10a. As managers and management scholars (Apr 25)

10b. As people with “normal” jobs (Apr 27)

10c. Personally (Apr 27)

10d. As people who want the future of work to be good (Apr 27)

  • Winning the battle, losing the war?: Assessing the impact of misclassification litigation on workers in the gig economy (Dubal, 2017)
  • Your role in creating a fairer world of work (Graham, 2017, pp. 28-31)