June 19, 2019
Dr. Anna Copeland Wheatley and Dr. Lillie Hibbler-Britt co-authored two chapters in the recently released book Advances in the Technology of Managing People by Emerald Press. Dr. Wheatley was the lead author on a chapter entitled “The Long Tail of Generation Z and the Future of a Freelance Economy.” She argues that the growing strength of a freelance workforce will have a profound impact on how, why, and where people work. Currently, millennial workers (aged 21–38) make up 37% of the U.S. workforce, with Baby Boomers (55+) close by at 35%. Gen X (39 – 54) are the least likely to go it alone representing on 28%. The mobility of a freelance workforce will impact business models, corporate and consumer relationships, and notably a shift in the relationship between corporations and the physical space that they occupy. Dr. Hibbler-Britt was the lead author on the chapter entitled “The Impact of Quantum Teleportation on Business Ethics.” She uses the quantum teleportation as a frame to evaluate the challenges facing ethical behavior in business in an environment that is unstable and where positionality might be unknown. “Without built-in safeguards to detect . . .there is virtually no way to preclude information being illegally obtained and ultimately disseminated to unauthorized personnel.” Ethical business practices are the primary safeguard against the tyranny of disinformation.
Dr. Wheatley and Dr. Hibbler-Britt were joined by Jersey City campus colleague Dr. Miriam Frolow, the Campus and Academic Director, in a presentation at Knowledge with Boundaries entitled Future Kaleidoscope. Dr. Frolow presented The Future of Doctoral Dissertation Student Success Needs to Include a Community of Scholars Component; Dr. Hibbler-Britt, the Program Chair for the College of Business and IS&T, presented The Quantum Dilemma in Business Ethics; and Dr. Wheatley, associate faculty, presented The Long Tail of Generation Z and the Future of a Freelance Economy.