The Digital Transformation of Labor (Open Access): Automation, the Gig Economy and Welfare, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Digital Transformation of Labor (Open Access)

Automation, the Gig Economy and Welfare, 1st Edition

Edited by Anthony Larsson, Robin Teigland


392 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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Through a series of studies, the overarching aim of this book is to investigate if and how the digitalization/digital transformation process causes (or may cause) the autonomy of various labor functions, and its impact in creating (or stymieing) various job opportunities on the labor market. This book also seeks to illuminate what actors/groups are mostly benefited by the digitalization/digital transformation and which actors/groups that are put at risk by it.

This book takes its point of departure from a 2016 OECD report that contends that the impact digitalization has on the future of labor is ambiguous as on the one hand it is suggested that technological change is labor-saving, but on the other hand, it is suggested that digital technologies have not created new jobs on a scale that it replaces old jobs. Another 2018 OECD report indicated that digitalization and automation as such does not pose a real risk of destroying any significant number of jobs for the foreseeable future, although tasks would by and large change significantly. This would affects welfare, as most of its revenue stems from taxation, and particularly so from the taxation on labor (directly or indirectly). For this reason, this book will set out to explore how the future technological and societal advancements impact labor conditions.

The book seeks to provide an innovative, enriching and controversial take on how various aspects of the labor market can be (and are) affected the ongoing digitalization trend in a way that is not covered by extant literature. As such, this book intends to cater to a wider readership, from a general audience and students, to specialized processionals and academics wanting to gain a deeper understanding of the possible future developments of the labor market in light of an accelerating digitalization/digital transformation of society at large.

Table of Contents

1. A Journey of a Thousand Miles: An Introduction to the Digitalization of Labor Part 1. 2. Behind the History of Labor: Technology as the Driving Force 3. The Substitution of Labor: From Technological Feasibility to Other Factors Influencing the Potential of Job Automation 4. Minimum Wages for Online Labor Platforms? Regulating the Global Gig Economy 5. The Digital Disruption of Science: Governments and Scientists Towards an "Open Science" 6.Black Boxes of Cognitive Computers and the Impact on Labor Markets 7. AI Leadership and the Future of Corporate Governance: Changing Demands for Board Competence Part 2. 8. Polarization, Tax Revenue and the Welfare State: Digital Disruption or Still Standing Strong? 9. Welfare States and Digitalization 10."Gig Patients": Health and Dental Care in the Gig Economy Part 3. 11. GDPR: What Are the Risks and Who Benefits? 12. Players for Hire: Games and the Future of Low-Skill Work 13. The Global Gig Economy: Towards a Planetary Labor Market 14. Identifying the Digital Gender Divide: How Digitalization May Affect the Future Working Conditions for Women 15. Consulting in the Digital Era? The Role of Tomorrow’s Management Consultants 16. Digitalization, Circular Economy and the Future of Labor: How Circular Economy and Digital Transformation Can Affect Labor 17. Conclusion: The Digital Transformation of Labor – Where Do We Go From Here?

About the Editors

Anthony Larsson (Ph.D.) is a Researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics Institute for Research (SIR), Sweden. He holds a Ph.D. from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. He also holds an MBA and M.Sc. degrees in Political Science, Social Anthropology and Business Administration & Economics respectively as well as an Associate Degree in Psychology.

Robin Teigland (Ph.D.) is Professor of Management of Digitalization in the Entrepreneurship and Strategy Division at the Department of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. She is also Professor of Business Administration with a specialization in Strategic Information Systems Management at the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Labour Economics

Routledge Studies in Labour Economics looks at the economic implications of the modern labour market. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering labour economics alongside history, politics, cultural studies, health, education, globalisation, and other subjects, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. 

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
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