‘Industrie 4.0’ and an Aging Workforce – A Discussion from a Psychological and a Managerial Perspective

  • Matthias Schinner
  • André Calero Valdez
  • Elisabeth Noll
  • Anne Kathrin Schaar
  • Peter Letmathe
  • Martina Ziefle
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10298)

Abstract

The aging workforce is already impacting on companies, particularly those in countries of the industrialized Western world. Furthermore, Western companies are coming under the increasing influence of technological developments, such as ‘Industrie 4.0’, which are in the process of completely changing traditional working environments. In order to maintain their industrial competitiveness, companies need to synchronize these technological developments with their own organizational requirements and in particular with the requirements of an aging workforce. We show how different types of competencies may be categorized in order to enable a successful synchronization. In addition, we take a look at recent developments in the domain of ‘Industrie 4.0’ and derive future research areas for solving the challenges involved.

Keywords

Complexity Industrie 4.0 Competence management Collaboration Communication Internet of Things 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Schinner
    • 1
  • André Calero Valdez
    • 2
  • Elisabeth Noll
    • 1
  • Anne Kathrin Schaar
    • 2
  • Peter Letmathe
    • 1
  • Martina Ziefle
    • 2
  1. 1.Chair of Management AccountingRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Human-Computer Interaction CenterRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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