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Will artificial intelligence usurp white collar jobs?

John Chelliah (Fiji National University, Suva, Fiji)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 8 May 2017




This paper highlights the risks faced by white-collar workers resulting from advances in artificial intelligence (AI).


This paper explores recent research and expert opinion on the evolution of AI and its encroachment on white-collar jobs.


This paper reveals susceptibility of white-collar jobs to AI.

Practical implications

This paper guides HR practitioners in advising management on the possible deployment of AI to enhance productivity and the resultant impact in the roles that employees perform.

Social implications

This study draws attention to the risks associated with the deployment of AI and as a consequence the loss of white-collar jobs.


This study raises the issue of how AI could disrupt the workplace by usurping white-collar jobs and creates awareness of the need for people in vulnerable white-collar jobs to re-think their careers and for HR practitioners to manage the change that this disruption will bring.



Chelliah, J. (2017), "Will artificial intelligence usurp white collar jobs?", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 1-3.



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