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Research Seminars



Michael Weatherburn
Imperial College, London History at Work: Bridging the Corporate Knowledge Gap


21 Sept 2017

4:30 p.m.
4.36 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus



Based on a research project soon to be published by the UK-based Resolution Foundation, this talk will firstly outline the rise of the so-called 'New Economy' from 1990 to date. Covering both the dotcom boom and bust, it will explore how and why the history of the digitised workplace is harder to research than one might first expect. Then, charting the long-term, and deepening, effects of digital technology and the internet on the UK workplace, we will examine how the digitisation of the workplace has, in ways which remain dangerously unclear, damaged our corporate and operational knowledge. Building on the speaker's work with Project Hindsight, we will discuss how this is an issue becoming particularly prevalent in sectors which focus on long-term projects such as defence, energy, and infrastructure. The speaker will then discussions solutions to this growing issue.


Dr Michael Weatherburn teaches history and business ethics at Imperial, and history at King's College, London. He was Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellow at Oxford University (2013-14). His PhD examined the rise of management consultancy and systems engineering and his current research project examines the expansion of the professional services sector in the USA, UK, and elsewhere. He also runs an independent consultancy, Project Hindsight, primarily focused on the defence sector, which makes historical knowledge and data useful to future project planners.


All are welcome. No registration is required.