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The fourth industrial revolution and the future of manufacturing work in Australia: challenges and opportunities

Published on Jul 3, 2018in Labour and industry: A journal of the social and economic relations of work
· DOI :10.1080/10301763.2018.1502644
Mark Dean1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Flinders University),
John Spoehr5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Flinders University)
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ABSTRACTMany now argue that we are at the beginning of a ‘fourth industrial revolution’ (Industry 4.0) – a time characterised by the convergence of a wide range of mutually reinforcing digital tech...
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#1Georg Reischauer (WU: Vienna University of Economics and Business)H-Index: 4
We are witnessing an increasing adoption of digital technologies in manufacturing industries around the globe. This trend is often debated under the label Industry 4.0. A key claim put forward in these debates is that Industry 4.0 represents a revolution that will reshape manufacturing industries akin to previous industrial revolutions. Despite the popularity of this claim, it provides little help to clarify the identity of Industry 4.0. Such a clarification is however much needed given the worl...
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Especially in Germany, a vivid public debate about “industry 4.0” has developed in recent years. It advances the argument that industry 4.0 is the fourth industrial revolution that follows on from technological revolutions brought about by water and steam power (industrial revolution 1.0), electric power (industrial revolution 2.0), and computing/computerised automation (industrial revolution 3.0). In 1845/46, Marx and Engels wrote The German Ideology. 170 years later, we live in the time of dig...
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#1Iain Campbell (University of Melbourne)H-Index: 18
#2John Burgess (RMIT: RMIT University)H-Index: 40
ABSTRACTPrecariousness, together with its cognate terms (e.g. precarity, precarious work, precarious workers, the precariat and precarious life), has become a significant theme in employment relations research in recent years. This paper reviews important aspects of the discussion, taking its starting point from an article in Labour and Industry which introduced the concept and sketched out a proposed research agenda for examining poor job quality in Australia. The current paper identifies patch...
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Capitalism needs momentum and market for growth. Even without subscribing to a specific academic school, capitalism has felt the need for theories or mechanisms to overcome crises in the past. This research tries to shed light on the recent momentum of industry 4.0 with an expanded scope that includes this wave in a series of meso revolutions brought about by the spread of capitalism. After reviewing a lineage of theories that could shape meso revolutions in economic history, this research used ...
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Digital platform businesses primarily utilise on-call contingent workers, using their own tools and equipment, to perform the productive work associated with the supplied service. The expansion of this business model has led some to proclaim that traditional ‘jobs’ will come to an end. Some welcome this development, others fear its consequences for the stability and quality of work – but most see it as driven primarily by technology, and therefore largely ‘inevitable’. This article provides hist...
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The ‘gig economy’ uses digital platforms to bypass many of the regular responsibilities and costs of employment. Ambiguity as to whether gig-economy workers are independent contractors, dependent contractors or employees allows the undermining of traditional labour standards governing minimum wages and other legislated employment conditions. Labour law and institutions need to catch up to the new reality of this form of work and develop new tools to protect and enhance minimum standards for work...
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#1Göran Roos (University of Adelaide)H-Index: 3
#2Zara Shroff (Economic Development Board)H-Index: 1
ABSTRACTThe article looks at the literature as relates to technology-driven shifts in employment with a specific emphasis on digital technologies. The article looks at both the arguments for a positive outcome and for a negative outcome.The article concludes that there are probably more jobs going to be created than is presented in popular media but that this will be taking place simultaneously with a sharp polarisation of the workforce and an increased uneven global distribution of the jobs cre...
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#1Joshua Healy (University of Melbourne)H-Index: 7
#2Daniel Nicholson (University of Melbourne)H-Index: 4
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ABSTRACTThe ‘gig economy’ has emerged rapidly as a form of service delivery that challenges existing business models, labour-management practices, and regulations. The ways in which platform companies transact with workers, in particular, has created a burgeoning public interest, but has yet to give rise to a corresponding academic literature. In this paper, we ask whether the gig economy deserves to be a subject of employment relations scholarship, given its current dimensions and likely future...
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#1Sabine Pfeiffer (University of Hohenheim)H-Index: 6
Since industrial trade fair Hannover Messe 2011, the term “Industrie 4.0” has ignited a vision of a new Industrial Revolution and has been inspiring a lively, ongoing debate among the German public about the future of work, and hence society, ever since. The discourse around this vision of the future eventually spread to other countries, with public awareness reaching a temporary peak in 2016 when the World Economic Forum’s meeting in Davos was held with the motto “Mastering the Fourth Industria...
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ABSTRACTThis paper engages with debates in academic literatures over Industry 4.0 (i4.0) and the Future of Work (FoW), critiquing their development in practical isolation from each other despite i4...
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#1Claude-Hélène Mayer (UJ: University of Johannesburg)H-Index: 9
According to the Chinese Admiral Zheng He, the Art of Collaboration is guided by the principle “Know your collaborators, know yourself”. This principle grows in importance when we take the rapid changes in workplaces—the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)—in global and local contexts into account. In this chapter, it is argued that not only intra- and interpersonal knowledge is needed to collaborate. It is contended that the Art of Collaboration in the twenty-first century needs a theoretical fo...
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