Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

'Technology hasn't eliminated jobs': Kevin Connelly

The CEO of Kincentric speaks to Forbes India about talent, technology and the impact of artificial intelligence on careers

Naini Thaker
Published: Aug 16, 2019 09:32:47 AM IST
Updated: Aug 20, 2019 09:45:54 AM IST

'Technology hasn't eliminated jobs': Kevin ConnellyKevin Connelly
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Spencer Stuart, a leading executive search and leadership advisory firm, in July launched a new business unit focussing on culture & engagement, leadership development and talent advisory. Known as Kincentric: A Spencer Stuart Company, the entity was acquired from Aon. Kevin Connelly, CEO of Kincentric, speaks to Forbes India about the impact of technology on jobs. Excerpts:

Q. How have things changed in the talent acquisition space globally?
A lot has changed, although it isn't homogenous... More companies look at talent in a global way than they did 25 years ago. Technology has made information and knowledge more ubiquitous, thanks to the internet. And so the importance of talent, as a differentiating factor between organisations, has been elevated.

Q. To what extent have jobs been affected because of technology and artificial intelligence?
Technology hasn't really eliminated jobs. The importance of personal touch, relationships and judgement will continue to be important. Artificial intelligence (AI), as of now, can’t make the fine distinction of things that make us all ‘human’, like moral judgements. 

Q. What are some of the challenges that companies face today?
There are some big, strategic challenges around AI, machine learning, big data and digitisation. And there are things that have been leading to privacy and data security issues.

(This story appears in the 30 August, 2019 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)