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New Digital Work

Digital Sovereignty at the Workplace

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  • Includes consideration of the effects of digitalization on workplaces and employees
  • Gives insights into Global Issues of Work and Work Systems Design from a wide range of perspectives
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This open access book will give insights into global issues of work and work systems design from a wide range of perspectives. Topics like the impact of AI in the workplace as well as design for digital sovereignty at the workplace or foresight processes for digital work are covered. Practical cases, empirical results and theoretical considerations are not only taken from Germany and Europe, but also from Southeast Asia, South Africa, Middle America, and Australia. The book intends to expand the so far national view on the aspects of digital work (e.g. like in Ernst Hartmann’s immensely successful work “Zukunft der Arbeit in Industrie 4.0”) into an international context – thus showing not only common challenges, but also offering suggestions, best practice examples or thoughts from different global regions.

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institut für Innovation und Technik, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Berlin, Germany

    Alexandra Shajek, Ernst Andreas Hartmann

About the editors

Ernst Hartmann obtained his doctorate as Dr. rer. nat. at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University in 1995. In the 1990's, he worked at the Hochschuldidaktisches Zentrum/Lehrstuhl Informatik im Maschinenbau (University Teaching Centre/Chair of Information Technology in Mechanical Engineering) at RWTH Aachen. In this context, he engaged in projects on academic reform and took part in the development of new forms of academic teaching/learning. Furthermore, he carried out research on the design of man-machine systems, and issues of industrial work organisation. In the mid-1990's, Ernst Hartmann was an internal consultant for organisation and process development at John Deere Werke Mannheim. In 2002, he qualified as lecturer (habilitation) in psychology and received the "venia legendi" for Work and Organisational Psychology; since then he has been a private lecturer for work systems and process design at RWTH Aachen. From 2001 to 2004, he was responsiblefor the scientific coordination of the BMBF programme "Lernkultur Kompetenzentwicklung" (competence development and learning cultures) at the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Betriebliche Weiterbildungsforschung (ABWF e.V.) (Association for Research in Continuing Education).

From 2004 to 2016, Ernst Hartmann was head of the Socio-economic Department at VDI/VDE-IT in Berlin; since 2016 he is head of the Education, Science, and Humanities Department. Since 2007 also functions as one of the directors of iit. Since 2020, he is Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Innovation Economy, Chinese Culture University, Taipei/Taiwan.

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