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Algorithmic Management

The project analyses the effects of Algorithmic Management (AM) on employment relations and employee representation.

AM systems are increasingly used to track the performance of employees or contractors and to optimize decisions concerning their tasks. If they are not designed in an inclusive way, this can result in work intensification, and increased standardization, control and surveillance.

The project identifies options for workers and their representatives to develop inclusive AM systems that entail transparency in the design and implementation of these systems at company level in order to maintain and expand the autonomy of work in the oversight of automated processes. The methods include company case studies in four countries (Spain, Hungary, Denmark and Germany) and two sectors that will be analyzed comparatively. The empirical work aims at identifying good practices, develop collective bargaining strategies and provide recommendations for trade unions, workers’ representatives and employers.

Duration: 01.09.2021-29.02.2024

Funding: European Commission


The team members are Dr. Florian Butollo and Dr. Philip Wotschack of the Research Group “Working in Highly Automated Digital-Hybrid Processes