ARCHIVE - Digitalization and the future of work

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Digitalization is indubitably one of the most important and impactful transformations of our age. Like all new technologies, digitalization creates new opportunities but also new challenges. By greatly facilitating and accelerating the flow of information, digitalization has the potential to increase efficiency in production; to link geographically distant producers and consumers, and to enable more informed decision-making and thus to reduce discrimination. At the same time, however, information technology already has rendered scores of workers redundant, in particular those specialising in repetitive but cognitively or physically demanding tasks. Where large numbers of workers are rendered redundant, new economic vulnerabilities are sure to follow. The increased availability of information also enables new and more invasive forms of surveillance at the workplace, potentially threating worker rights to privacy and their ability to organize. Finally, new forms to organize production processes such as ‘crowdwork’, where certain tasks are outsourced via online platforms to freelance workers without regular employment contracts, without social security coverage and often also living in different jurisdictions, challenge existing models of industrial relations and welfare state institutions.


In this new Seminar Series, we will discuss the various opportunities and challenges created by digitalization with leading researchers studying the digital transformation but also the economic actors actively driving and managing it. A particular emphasis will be put on creating new ideas for future research into the causes and effects of digitalization.



Participation is free but you must register

How Big is the Gig?
Werner Eichhorst, Institiute of Labor Economics (IZA)
9 May 2019, 12:15-14:15 h, room: 2137 (Géopolis)
Understanding a new type of digital labor: how the nature of work affects satisfaction and identification among crowd workers
Ivo Blohm, University of St. Gallen

26 June 2019, 12:15-14:15 h, room: 005 (IDHEAP)
Left on your own? Social protection when labour markets are in flux
Herwig Immervoll, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

5 September 2019, 12:15-14:15 h, room: 201 (IDHEAP)
Digital labour platforms and the future of work: Towards decent work in the online world
Uma Rani, International Labour Organisation
26 September 2019, 12:15-14:15 h, room: 004 (IDHEAP)
The political consequences of digitalisation in the labour market
Bruno Palier, Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée

7 November 2019, 12:30 to 14:00 h, room: 2207 (Géopolis)
The Consequences of Digitalization for Social Security Systems - A Legal Perspective
Bettina Hummer, Université of Lausanne

15 November 2019, 12:30 to 14:30 h, room: 004 (IDHEAP)
A view on the s(c)ensored workplace
Tobias Mettler, IDHEAP Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration

11 December 2019, 14:30 – 16:30 h, room: 004 (IDHEAP)


Carlo Knotz, Mia Gandenberger, Giuliano Bonoli, Tobias Mettler, IDHEAP


This research has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

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