Experience or routine? A different view of the relationship between Industry 4.0 and employment

Coverbild: BWP 6/2015
Issue/Year (Volume) 6/2015 (44)
Page(s) 21-25

The advance of digitalisation demands that employees can deal with complexity and transformation and respond with confidence in situations which are impossible to plan. We know a great deal about the formal qualification structure of employees in Germany, but very little about informal demands such as these. The work capacity index introduced here focusses on experience as a dynamic resource for shaping Industry 4.0. The index thus represents a marked contrast to studies which forecast the potential consequences of digitalisation in terms of technical feasibility and by means of allocating routine or non-routine activities.