James Bessen, Harvard Biz Review

James Bessen

Harvard Biz Review

Harpswell, ME, United States

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Past articles by James:

Stop Asking Job Candidates for Their Salary History

It’s a small step toward achieving equitable pay. → Read More

Research: Automation Affects High-Skill Workers More Often, but Low-Skill Workers More Deeply

According to a study of 36,000 Dutch firms. → Read More

How Software Is Helping Big Companies Dominate

They’re not just renting it from vendors — they’re building it themselves. → Read More

The Automation Paradox

When computers start doing the work of people, the need for people often increases. → Read More

How Technology Has Affected Wages for the Last 200 Years

At first they go down, but then they go up. → Read More

Scarce Skills, Not Scarce Jobs

The "real" challenge technology presents isn't that it replaces workers, but rather displaces them. → Read More

The Anti-Innovators

For much of the last century, the United States led the world in technological innovation—a position it owed in part to well-designed procurement programs at the Defense Department and NASA. → Read More

What the Courts Did to Curb Patent Trolling—For Now

For the first time in years, patent lawsuits are on the decline. → Read More

how companies kill their employees' job searches

The increasing reach of noncompete agreements and trade-secret laws leaves workers with slim pickings when looking for a new gig. → Read More

Employers Aren’t Just Whining – the “Skills Gap” Is Real

The evidence is there, if you know where to look. → Read More

Industrial Revolution Lessons for Today’s Age of Open Innovation

Much of today’s technology is powered by software that developers share freely. The leading Web server software (Apache), the leading smartphone operating system (Android), and most of the code of the leading Web browsers (Chrome, Firefox) are open source. Some people see these developments as evidence of a sharp break... → Read More

Some predict computers will produce a jobless future. Here’s why they’re wrong.

Computers are destroying some jobs, but they're also creating new opportunities. → Read More

Will robots steal our jobs? The humble loom suggests not.

Experience suggests that even if robots replace some workers, new demand for products and services will keep humans employed. → Read More

The Simple Fix That Could Transform the Troubled Patent System

This article is part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, the New America Foundation, and Slate that explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture. On Dec. 9, 2013, Future Tense will host an event on patent reform in Washington, D.C. For more information and to RSVP, visit... → Read More

Don't Blame Technology for Persistent Unemployment

Are machines stealing our jobs? Automated teller machines handle transactions formerly done by bank tellers; accounting software does tasks that bookkeepers used to do; and e-commerce cuts out sales clerks. According to MIT professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, technology is causing persistent unemployment and a slow recovery from the... → Read More