Issues in focus
Work in the digital age
The future of work is now. We work side by side with intelligent technologies. Does that frighten us or does it give us courage? Automation and AI are changing the world of work. How will we work tomorrow, and who gets a say? No machine can give us the answers. At least for now. The issue in focus “work in the digital age” was created in 2017 during the research project Competing and Complementing – The Relation of Co-determination and new Participatory Platforms within Companies. Among others, the research project Artificial Intelligence & Knowledge Work – Implications, Opportunities And Risks currently investigates the future of work.
Hendrik Send (German)
AI & Work
Shirley Ogolla (German)
Digital Participation in the working space
Matthias Spielkamp (English Sub)
We successfully concluded the first virtual Clinic of the Ethics of Digitilisation project financed by Stiftung Mercator. Twelve international fellows developed innovative approaches to improving fairness in targeted job advertising....
Co-creation, transparency and other forms of employee participation are becoming more and more of a necessity for enterprises – not only for start-ups, but also for small and medium-sized, family-owned…
By implementing internal communication platforms, enterprises are hoping to promote efficiency (vulgo: to get rid of e-mail), transparency and employee participation. But such platforms are unlikely to take off by…
Working in the crowd on so-called virtual platforms is developing into a recognisable employment and business model on the internet. Despite their many differences, the platforms that have emerged over…
Georg von Richthofen: Algorithmic management and its consequences: Working in the Sharing Economy.
Algorithmic management, practices of control and governance of multiple workers through software algorithms, is one of the central developments of the sharing economy in terms of the future of work. This paper highlights and illustrates the characteristics of algorithmic management, its impact on those who make their property and labour available in the sharing economy, and the coping strategies they use to deal with it.
Shirley Ogolla et al.: Digital Participation Platforms and Workplace Co-determination
In this study, we examine the extent to which so-called Enterprise Social Software (ESS) in internal communication can positively complement or hinder the works council with regard to co-determination. The central research question of the study is: What opportunities and challenges do ESS offer for participation in the company and what options for action arise for works councils?
Shirley Ogolla: Inclusive Design – Methods To Ensure A High Degree Of Participation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Systems
With the rising use of Artificial Intelligence within different functions in society, the issues of bias within these systems are becoming more widespread and notably impacting a larger number of people with a higher degree of seriousness. To mitigate and address these issues, this paper analyzes current practices in dataset compilation, use and AI system design before highlighting some state-of-the-art work being done in this domain. This is followed by recommendations to improve and build upon that work and propose and inclusivity matrix along with an evaluation metrics, vernacular sharing and a call for small-data-based AI approaches as concrete steps in addressing the issue of bias in these systems.
Christian Katzenbach and João Carlos Magalhães: Coronavirus and the frailness of platform governance
In this volume, we would like to highlight the challenges and opportunities of datification and new ways of working from the point of view of personnel management and co-determination. The aim is to draw attention to modern forms of participation and to generate approaches for common visions of the future. The editorial volume is intended to address a broad readership from science and practice (actors of co-determination, trade unions, personnel management, politics).