Tuesday, 26 October 2021

The COVID Crisis and Digitalization in the Workplace

WZB Talk by Martin Krzywdzinski (Online Event)


The COVID crisis is transforming the world of work. Most noticeable, is the huge increase of employees working at home and the associated modernization of digital infrastructures in companies. But the changes go beyond that. The restrictions on the presence of employees in companies have led to considerations about the digitalization of a wide range of processes, for example in administration, human resources, sales, but also in production or the service processes themselves. However, it remains to be seen how widespread these digitalization processes are and under what conditions they could be successfully implemented during the COVID crisis. It is also open to what extent this push for technical innovation is also accompanied by organizational changes, for example in the area of work organization and leadership. The presentation will address these issues on the basis of initial, preliminary findings from case studies and a company survey conducted as part of the research project “Automation, digitalization and virtualization of work in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis”.

Martin Krzywdzinski is head of the WZB research group “Globalization, Work and Production”.

Please note that this event takes place in English only with no translation.

The event is part of the WZB Talks series.

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