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About me

MelBeachI am a Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation researching the future of work. My role is to translate strategic insights on the nature of enterprise and employment to business outcomes and opportunities.

My recent research tracks the rise of the personal enterprise – a world in which individuals take responsibility for their life’s work with the assistance of technical infrastructure. Today’s professionals negotiate a changing landscape of work suppliers to sell their services and make a living beyond the traditional organization. This type of career challenges tech business models that differentiate between enterprise and consumer sales. There is a third category emerging between the two thanks to consumer-led enterprise innovation.

My first two books – The Affect Theory Reader (co-edited with Gregory J. Seigworth, Duke 2010) and Cultural Studies’ Affective Voices (Palgrave 2006) – generated momentum for the study of affect in the Humanities. My abiding research interest is in the changing experience of knowledge work, and my forthcoming book, Counterproductive, is a history of time management self-help in the workplace. My analysis shows how productivity tools came to prominence as employment shifts diminished the collective experience of structured time and ritual. This project adds historical depth to my earlier studies of contemporary work life, including the book, Work’s Intimacy (Polity 2011), and many other articles and chapters.

Before joining Intel, I was on faculty in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney (2009-13) where I taught “Intimacy, Love and Friendship” and “Arguing the Point,” an advanced research methods course. I also held a series of research fellowships at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at The University of Queensland (2004-8).

I am a proud Tasmanian and love visiting my home, Bruny Island, to watch birds, eat oysters and sample the local Pinot Noir.

Contact me at my first name dot last name at intel dot com

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