Computer-aided Technology and an Emerging International Division of Labour: Prospects for Women

  • Sybille Raasch
Conference paper
Part of the Artificial Intelligence and Society book series (HCS)


The way companies respond to a new vintage of robotic technology depends much on their marketing concepts. By looking closely at the management and sourcing strategies of three leading clothing companies in Germany, the author unravels the complex factors that are giving rise to an emergent, and currently rather unclear, international division of labour between the high-waged and the low-waged nations. With a fall in the prices of computer-aided technologies, it is conceivable that parts of the previously run-away production processes may eventually come home to Germany. It will happen as and when the labour cost becomes less important in the total manufacturing cost. There are already trends discernible in this direction.

The coming home of jobs, the author argues, will not necessarily improve the employment prospects for women. The new jobs demand engineering, technical and managerial skills from workers; hence, in the absence of an active policy to remove the present discrimination against women, both in the workplace and in the training institutes, women will rarely have access to these coveted multiskilled jobs.


Employment Protection International Division Marketing Concept Clothing Industry Total Manufacturing Cost 
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