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The New Digital Workplace

How New Technologies Revolutionise Work

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Pages: 271
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Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment

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With contributions from over twenty leading scholars from across the globe, this new book brings together a number of papers that have been presented at the annual International Labour Process Conference, at which the...

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With contributions from over twenty leading scholars from across the globe, this new book brings together a number of papers that have been presented at the annual International Labour Process Conference, at which the conference theme ‘Working Revolutions: Revolutionising Work’ provided the inspiration for many of the chapters included in this volume. Grounded in Labour Process Theory, the text examines how digital technologies impact on work and organisations and provides a rigorous account of the technological, organizational and work related changes in both the new digital industries and in the traditional service and manufacturing sectors. The book covers many of the most significant contemporary issues and subjects in the field, including the representation of women in IT, workplace cyberbulling, virtualisation and the video games industry.

This book is essential reading for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students studying modules related to technology and work, as well as modules in work sociology on Sociology degree programmes.

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  • Written by leading international scholars
  • Multi-disciplinary perspectives from Business and Management, Sociology, and Media and Communication
  • Based on original, cutting-edge research
  • Covers key topical issues such as cyber-bullying, robots and wearable technology, gender and technological work, and employment in the games industry
  • Case studies and examples from a wide range of countries and contexts

1. Labour Process Theory and The New Digital Workplace (Kendra Briken, Shiona Chillas, Martin Krzywdzinski and Abigail Marks)
Part I: Robots and Virtualities - The Changing Face of Manufacturing Work
2. Industry 4.0 In The Making - Discourse Patterns and Digital Despotism On The Rise (Sabine Pfeiffer)
3. 'Made in China 2025': Intelligent Manufacturing and Work (Florian Butollo and Boy Lüthje)
4. Virtual Temptations: Reorganizing Work Under Conditions of Digitization, Virtualization and Informatization (Mascha Will-Zocholl)
Part II: Clouds, Crowds, and Big Data - Changing Regimes of Control, Changing Forms of Resistance and Misbehaviour
5. On Call for One's Reputation - Control and Time in Creative Crowdwork (Philip Schörpf, Jörg Flecker and Annika Schönauer)
6. Workplace Cyberbullying: Insights into an Emergent Phenomenon (Premilla D’Cruz and Ernesto Noronha)
7. Changing Systems, Creating Conflicts: IT-Related Changes in Swedish Banking (Fredrik Movitz and Michael Allvin)
8. The Disruptive Power of Digital Transformation: New Forms of Industrializing Knowledge Work (Andreas Boes, Tobias Kämpf, Barbara Langes and Thomas Lühr)
Part III: The Digital Workplace (Worker) - Gendered, Self-exploitative, and Vulnerable?
9. Women, Work and Technology: Examining the Under-Representation of Women in ICT (Gavin Maclean, Abigail Marks and Shiona Chillas)
10. Understanding Self-Exploitation in the Digital Games Sector (Adrian Wright)
11. Macro, Meso and Micro-level Determinants of Employment Relations in the Video Games Industry (Christina Teipen)
Part IV: Epilogue
12. Actually Existing Capitalism: Some Digital Delusions (Paul Thompson and Kendra Briken).

“Briken, Chillas, Krzywdzinski and Marks offer a timely look at the impact of emerging technology and digitisation in the workplace, with research that spans multiple countries and industries. … The inclusion of a broad range of case studies … will be relevant for students of both technology and work. … book provides an internationally oriented and timely look at how new technologies are altering the workplace, with a specific eye towards the tension between efficiency-driven capital and outcomes for workers.” (Rebecca Downes, Labour and Industry, Vol. 24 (3), July, 2017)
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Kendra Briken is a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde Business School, UK

Shiona Chillas is a Lecturer in the School of Management at the University of St. Andrews, UK

Martin Krzywdzinski is Head of the Project Group Globalization, Work and Production at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany

Abigail Marks is Professor of Work and Employment Studies at Heriot- Watt University, UK.

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Kendra Briken is a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde Business School, UK

Shiona Chillas is a Lecturer in the School of Management at the University of St. Andrews, UK

Martin Krzywdzinski is Head of the Project Group Globalization, Work and Production at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany

Abigail Marks is Professor of Work and Employment Studies at Heriot- Watt University, UK.

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