1st Edition

Automation, Innovation and Economic Crisis Surviving the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By Jon-Arild Johannessen Copyright 2018
    110 Pages
    by Routledge

    110 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The fourth industrial revolution is developing globally, with no geographical centre. It is also taking place at enormous speed. This development will shape the workplaces of the future, which will be entirely different from the workplaces created by the first, second and third industrial revolutions. Industry created the industrial worker. The knowledge society will create a new type of "industrial worker", the knowledge worker. While the third industrial revolution was concerned with the digitalization of work, in the fourth industrial revolution, robots will bring about the informatization of work. Many of these robots will be systematically connected, such that they can obtain updated information and learn from their own and others’ mistakes. The way we work, where we work, what we work on, and our relationships with our colleagues and employers are all in a state of change. The workplace of the future will not necessarily be a fixed geographical location, but may be geographically distributed and functionally divided.

    In his book, Jon-Arild Johannessen argues that a "perfect" social storm occurs when inequality grows at a catastrophic rate, unemployment increases, job security is threatened for a growing number and robotization takes over even the most underpaid jobs. Thus, the ingredients for a perfect social storm will be brought forward by cascades of innovations that will most likely lead to economic and social crises and he argues that it is reasonable to assume that it will only take a small spark for this social storm to develop into a social revolution.

    Preface; Chapter 1: Trends towards feudal capitalism; Introduction; Analysis and discussion; Conclusion; Chapter 2: Globalization: The emergence of "Mamounia", the new global nation; Introduction; The exercise of power: totalitarian capitalism; Financial capital’s globalization; Mamounia: the new global nation; Conclusion; Chapter 3: Robots and informats will cause economic and social crises; Introduction; Robots and informats: economic and social crises; Innovation: herd behaviour and economic bubbles; Destructive wealth creation: transformation of social systems; Conclusion; Chapter 4: Aspects of a policy architecture for the fourth industrial revolution; Introduction; The economic subsystem; The political subsystem; The cultural subsystem; The social subsystem; Conclusion; Chapter 5: Concepts; Index


    Jon-Arild Johannessen holds a Master of Science from Oslo University in History. He holds a Ph.D. from Stockholm University in Systemic Thinking. He is currently professor (full) in Leadership, at Kristiania University College, Oslo, and Nord University, Norway. He has been professor (full) in Innovation, at Syd-Danske University, Denmark. He has been professor (full) in Management at The Arctic University, Norway. At Bodø Graduate School of Business, Norway, he had a professorship (full) in Information Management. At the Norwegian School of Management he has been professor (full) in Knowledge Management. He has written more than 200 international papers on innovation, knowledge management and leadership. He has been author/co-author of 30 books.