New Era of Knowledge Based Gig Economy

New Era of Knowledge Based Gig Economy

Small groupAbout a decade ago it was expected that the gig economy would disrupt high wage (knowledge) work as well as low wage work. The latter saw great change with the creation of companies like Uber and food delivery services, mostly because gig work focused on non-complex tasks. Specialized knowledge work with multiple areas of expertise was still best handled by large organizations with numerous specialist under one roof. It was easier for large companies to just go to one place to obtain the needed information. Based on what is being seen with work at home capabilities, The Harvard Business Review speculates that we might be moving into a new era of disruption leading to knowledge based gig work. The barriers to complex knowledge work are breaking down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the easy to use technologies for small specialized groups of people to work together. The article explains in greater detail why this might be happening.