Digitalization and work: social changes and policy challenges
Management Seminar by Vassil Karov (European Trade Union Institute)
November 2018, Thursday 22 (10:00 am) - N1 – Room 1715
While digitalization is not new as such, its rapid and extensive impacts transform deeply many aspects of life, including work and employment. Both very pessimistic and optimistic scenarios about the future of work predict the end of working as we know it. In the context of digitalization, shifts are apparent in how work and employment are carried out, such as the emergence of new types of work organization and labour (for instance, through new means of allocating work such as crowd employment and the sharing economy); occupation shifts and new identities (including de-professionalization and user-generated content) and new work relationships arising from geographical dispersion of labour (which involve strategic use of location, potential pressure on regulation regimes). This presents new challenges for policy actors and stakeholders and complicates the potential and arenas for regulation. The objectives of the presentation are to critically discuss the theoretical debates in sociology related to the digitalization of work and employment and to address policy challenges related to digitalization of work and employment. The presentation is based on the recently published book: Meil, P., Kirov, V. (eds.), (2017), “Policy Implications of Virtual Work”, Basingstoke: Palgrave.