From Employees to Partners

Employment in society has overstretched itself.

—Charles Handy, author and philosopher

WHEN UBER PASSED THE MILLION-DRIVER MARK (that’s right—one million drivers) in late 2015, CEO Travis Kalanick wrote in the Economist, “I realised that sharing-economy companies really are pointing the way to a more promising future, where we have more power over when, where and how long to work. It’s a shift that has the potential to give people more flexibility, more freedom and more control over their lives, their jobs and their incomes.”1

One might think that this quotation is self-serving, given that Uber’s digital network business model is based on a network of freelance drivers. However, trends indicate ...

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