This project supports release time for writing an academic monograph in the sociology of technology that focuses the experience of digital transformation for workers in the construction industry and the lessons that their experience holds for others in the era of AI and big data. The work is based on over a decade of qualitative research on data-driven transformation in the construction industry. Contrary to received wisdom, my research shows that when faced with new categories of data in their jobs, front-line data workers innovated to incorporate new data into the existing social structures of their workplaces.
This project will also support two scholarly workshops on the future of work, and engage in public scholarship around these ideas.
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Laptop surrounded by construction equipment