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Melissa Gregg: “8 Hours for What We Will”

October 27, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm  |  Humanities 1, Room 402


Discussion on time management in the workplace and the role of technology in facilitating dominant ideas of productivity.

RSVP required. Please email Caroline Kao

In preparation, please read 2 chapters of any time management self help book and make a note of those things that are classified as leisure activities by the author.

Some of Melissa Gregg’s favorite books are:
Leave the Office Earlier: The Productivity Pro Shows You How to Do More in Less Time…and Feel Great About It
Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management

Melissa Gregg Bio:

-1I am a Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation researching the future of work. My role is to translate strategic insights on the nature of enterprise and employment to business outcomes and opportunities.

My recent research tracks the rise of the personal enterprise – a world in which individuals take responsibility for their life’s work with the assistance of freely available technical infrastructure. ‘Ad hoc professionals’ negotiate a changing landscape of work suppliers to sell their services and make a living outside of traditional employment relationships. This type of career poses a challenge to tech business models that differentiate between enterprise and consumer sales. There is a third category emerging between the two thanks to consumer-led enterprise innovation. My aim is to help workers empower themselves and flourish in this context.

As an Australian-born researcher, I have an international profile in gender and cultural studies, work and organization studies and affect theory. My forthcoming book, Counterproductive, is a history of time management self-help in the workplace. It shows how productivity tools came to prominence as employment shifts contributed to a decline in collective opportunities for structured time and ritual. This adds historical depth to my earlier analyses of contemporary work life which include Work’s Intimacy (Polity 2011), The Affect Theory Reader (co-edited with Gregory J. Seigworth, Duke 2010), and Cultural Studies’ Affective Voices(Palgrave 2006).

Before joining Intel, I was on faculty in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney (2009-13) following a series of research fellowships at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland (2004-8).


October 27, 2015
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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