The Future of Work in Asia and Beyond: A Technological Revolution or Evolution?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Future of Work in Asia and Beyond

A Technological Revolution or Evolution?, 1st Edition

Edited by Alan R. Nankervis, Julia Connell, John Burgess


240 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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The Future of Work in Asia and Beyond presents the findings and associated implications arising from a collaborative research study conducted on the potential impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR – or Industry 4.0) on the labour markets, occupations and associated future workforce competencies and skills across ten countries.

The 4IR concerns the digital transformation in society and business – an interface between technologies in the physical, digital and biological disciplines. The book explores many related issues: the nature of the 4IR, as well as demographic, generational and socio-cultural issues, economic and political perspectives, public and private sector similarities and differences, business strategy and managerial implications, human resource management/planning strategies, policies and practices, industry innovations, ‘best practice’ cases and comparative country studies. Chapters are based on a framework which combines labour market and multiple stakeholder theories. Issues are explored through the perceptions of organisational managers based in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand to provide an analysis of organisational, industry and government preparedness for the 4IR.

This book is recommended reading for anyone wanting to gain an understanding of the 4IR and a range of related challenges and issues, as well as suggested strategies for governments, education and industry that are necessary to address them.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution 1 Meeting the Workforce Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution 2 Conceptual Research Framework Part 2: Country Chapters 3 Australia 4 Singapore 5 Taiwan 6 China 7 India 8 Indonesia 9 Malaysia 10 Mauritius 11 Nepal 12 Thailand Part 3: Fourth Industrial Revolution – The Asia Pacific & Beyond 13 Comparisons & Conclusions

About the Editors

Alan R. Nankervis is an adjunct professor of human resource management at Curtin & RMIT universities, Australia. He has more than thirty years’ teaching and research experience at universities in Australia, Canada, China, SHRM Singapore, Thailand and the UK, and is the author or co-author of more than 150 publications.

Julia Connell is Assistant Dean, Research Training, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle, Australia. Her research interests include: employment related topics, vulnerable workers/precarious jobs, change/people development, organisational effectiveness and issues related to higher education.

John Burgess is Professor of Human Resource Management at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include the HRM practices of multinational enterprises; the gig economy and labour regulation; and transitional labour markets.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology

This innovative series explores the role of innovation and innovation management and technological advances from an organizational perspective. This series brings together theories from a wide range of individual disciplines and examines both the internal understanding and management and also an external, shareholder perspective. Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology (RIOT!) features cutting -edge research addressing all the major issues in business and management today, helping to define and advance the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Computer Industry
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Information Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Knowledge Capital
COMPUTERS / Information Technology