AI already started to replace middle management?


Different studies predict that AI will replace a certain kind and number of jobs. This not only limited to blue-collar, but also white. Even middle management-positions are not safe. We already have the robot poss in some positions?

Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
Patrick Henz
19 days ago

8 answers


It is not just AI that is reducing the need for management. “Six particular forces are alive today that are challenging both the legitimacy of managerial power and the wisdom of managerial elites” Jules Goddard

Dr Neil Williams
19 days ago
Dr Neil Williams , thanks for your answer! Correct, we are living in a connected world, so that an interaction of different factor work together. - Patrick 18 days ago
• Customer-centricity • Information technology • Shareholder pressures • Global competition • Economies of simplicity Faith in Leaders - Dr Neil 17 days ago

This fact may not be all that true. AI is still maturing and the way how it will replace the jobs is still not known completely.

Anand V
19 days ago
Anand V , thanks for your answer. AI already started to take a certain kind of jobs. I agree that we still not know how the will be the total effect, as AI also created new jobs. For this it is important that human lean human skills, where they can work together with algorithms and not compete against them. - Patrick 18 days ago
I cannot envision in the next twenty years that management will be dominated by robomanagers. Even in my wildest sci-fi dreams. It is far more likely that managers will be needed to manage hoards of roboworkers, and displaced workers likely to be advanced in their skills due to increased access to AI l;earning systems to enhance their skills, even if programming or data management. - Sandy 17 days ago
Sandy Waters , Today, we have AI already in boards as director. But, due to my point of view, so far this is more a marketing stunt. I not saw it yet, but I could imagine that an AI could replace a supervisor as it may efficiently manage workers in workshop or belt. - Patrick 16 days ago

Yes this could happen in the future, now it is too early to me. Workplace increased automation and routine job can be performed by machines. Cognitive and non-routine is still challenging for machines. Here it is with an interesting article about this topic,

Paolo Beffagnotti
18 days ago
Paolo Beffagnotti thanks for the answer! This is also my idea, for this I am curious if there would be out there already practical examples for this. - Patrick 18 days ago
here it is with an interesting list of jobs that AI could overtake, - Paolo 17 days ago
Paolo Beffagnotti , thanks!! - Patrick 17 days ago

For many years, decision support systems and later AI tools have been used for medical diagnosis. AI can be extended to any decision-making environment. Normally, this aims to increase the accuracy and consistency of such decisions. Really, it's just a further step in office automation and frees up the need to make simple decisions and helps us to focus on the more complex decisions.

Ian Gibson
18 days ago
Ian Gibson , thanks for the answer! I agree that AI (or Industry 4.0 in general) is less a revolution but more the next step of an evolution. - Patrick 17 days ago

The practical application of Artificial Intelligence is still in its formative stages, and there have been some successes, but widespread acceptance and use in broad cross cuts of vertical industries is still way off in the future. It is in some ways similar to the advance and progression of the desktop computer as hardware got faster, more powerful, and cheaper, and there was a point that software needed to catch up with its sophistication and harness the power of the CPUs, while Operating Systems got smarter and handled more functions automatically. It took years for computers to become ubiquitous, and there is still an unmeet need that will be fueled by newer faster, more powerful, and economical systems. The software, specifically the AI systems and component applications, need to catch up to the point where everyone will be able to harness the AI for their own purposes, using the cloud or the desktop, the future holds much promise for AI, but no single application or company has emerged to bring it to the masses, not even Microsoft, or Apple, or open source unix.

Sandy Waters
17 days ago
Sandy Waters Thanks for your feedback!! I agree that we are still on way to reach that goal. (At least if we plan this as a goal) - Patrick 16 days ago

I do not think that AI will take over managerial roles. People are not machines. People need relationships. Do you think that a robot will create orders or tasks to employees based on the real data with logic and intuition?.... I see something opposite symptoms in some groups - slow living, eco-living, eco-villages, etc. On the other hand I watched a documentary about a Japanese man who married a robot. It is really pity. It looks the humanity stops to be human or people start to have psychic health issues because of that. In businesses 60-70% processes can be automated but not all of them. More over our world is changing, new products, new services and companies have to be flexible. I remember my projects in AI/analytics/reports 8 years ago. We created many dashboards, triggers, analytical rules but after a half a year they were obsolete. You have to update and control what AI presents, how collects data from what sources, etc. I read about the lawyers and their analysts roles will disappear because of AI boosted search engines. I hope that we do not see the "Minority report" world on our eyes. I also noticed that HR adapts AI to their role. My personal experience is horrible - no answers, a network of black wholes, no real job offers. I do not like it at all.

Urszula Urban
14 days ago
Urszula Urban , thanks a lot for your detailed insights! I agree that automation does not automatically lead to humanize the working environment. It might, if demanded by government and society, but if not, it may lead to a dystopian future. AI is only a tool, programmed and managed by humans. On the other hand, even without AI we already have today non-human environments, - Patrick 14 days ago

AI is in its infancy; we may see this happen in the future, but AI has not started to replace middle management yet. AI as of right now can only perform basic tasks or make decisions with clear, simple criteria/decision rules and outcomes.

Instead, middle management will become more important given the proliferation of AI. The quality of work performed by and decisions made by AI will require review by humans. Who or what middle managers manage will change, but as a result of AI middle managers will become more important.

Amanda Joseph-Little
7 days ago
Amanda Joseph-Little , thanks for the detailed answer! I agree to your point, as for all change-management, midde-management is imperative to trigger the change. - Patrick 7 days ago

On the topic of whether AI will displace middle management, I believe that if you accept that management control is currently structured to manage collections of people and functions, that with the introduction of AI to specific functions performing the workload of one or more employees it might depend upon how many AI uses were managed by a middle manager.

One middle manager will likely manage a small team consisting of subject matter expertise, programmer/system administrator, and possibly multiple SMEs as an effective and productive unit. I think it doubtful that the middle manager fuction of the group which is directed by upper management will be displaced by AI for a long time. Pressed into service to augment decision making used as amiddle manager tool more likely.

Sandy Waters
7 days ago

Have some input?