The digitalisation of economic processes is accompanied by fundamental changes that affect the relationships between and strategies of enterprises, working conditions and employment, as well as innovation processes.
Research Group "Working in Highly Automated Digital-Hybrid Processes" investigates how the application of advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and the internet of things affects work in industry, logistics and services. The objective of this research is to identify how actors in enterprises, trade unions and politics can shape the future of work.
Research Group "Production Possibilities of the Maker Culture" explores the critical potential and prospective strengthening of social self-determination that is currently emerging through hacker- and maker communities, in which citizens participate directly in the development and production of new technical artefacts.
Developments associated with the sharing economy promise to fundamentally change consumer habits and revolutionize value chains and economic activity. Research Group "Work and Cooperation in the Sharing Economy" deals with a number of economic, legal and sociological issues arising from this.
The research group investigates the impact of the digitalization of work on employees in industry, logistics and services. It identifies possibilities of different actors in enterprises to shape the conditions of work while also asking about the possibilities of their regulation through collective contracts or the law.
A potentially new path to strengthening social self-determination is currently emerging through hacker- and maker communities, in which citizens participate directly in the development and production of new technical artefacts. The democratization of technology in a globally connected open-source network makes evident an increasing decentralization of power structures and production, making possible the experimentation with new forms of collaboration – but under what conditions can this democratic potential unfold, and democracy for who? A central question is therefore in which way these novel structures can provide an access to technologies on a base of diversity and inclusion.
The sharing economy, as it is called, defines itself as a bilateral market based on assets as yet commercially unexploited and promises to change consumer habits and revolutionize value chains. The working group examines the opportunities and risks of the sharing economy.