The impact of intelligent tools is ours to create.
Martin Kenney, John Zysman, and Laura Tyson
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, Innovation Policy White Paper Series, January 2019
Hype and despair: many analyses of AI and other intelligent tools swing between these two extremes. But imagining either the most fantastic or the most catastrophic scenarios can obscure understanding of intelligent tools’ practical and immediate impact on employment, productivity, public policy, and other areas. In this essay, BRIE's John Zysman, Martin Kenney, and Laura Tyson analyze the current narratives on technology, and take a step toward developing sustainable and equitable communities in the era of intelligent tools. Download: "Beyond Hype and Despair: Developing Healthy Communities in the Era of Intelligent Tools," by Martin Kenney, John Zysman, and Laura Tyson.
Labor in the Platform Economy: New Work Created, Old Work Reorganized and Value Creation Reconfigured
Dafna Bearson, Martin Kenney, and John Zysman
BRIE Working Paper Series, May 2019
How do platform organizations create new jobs and reorganize old work? And how is value created in the platform economy? Platforms have profoundly altered market logic and dynamics, and challenge us to rethink the ways we define labor and value creation. In this paper, Dafna Bearson, Martin Kenney, and John Zysman present a new taxonomy of platform work that focuses on the reorganization of work in the platform era and apply this framework to the work generated by Etsy and Amazon publishing.
Martin Kenney and John Zysman
Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, March 2019
What happens when the flow of private funds into so-called "Unicorns" ever slows or reverses? Will they turn into "Cheshire cats" and fade rapidly, leaving only a grin? Since the dot-com crash, digital startups have tapped the gusher of venture capital financing to run prolonged, massive losses while undercutting incumbents across sectors. In this article, BRIE co-directors Martin Kenney and John Zysman critically examine the sustainability of this financing model; if not, we may see a prevalence of firms whose early exits enrich founders and venture capitalists, but whose eventual failures hang other investors out to dry. Download: "Unicorns, Cheshire Cats, and the New Dilemmas of Entrepreneurial Finance" by Martin Kenney and John Zysman.