Prof. Dr. Martin Krzywdzinski

Deputy Managing Director, Principal Investigator

Martin Krzywdzinski is deputy managing director of the Weizenbaum-Institut e.V., head of the research group Globalization, Work and Production at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and Professor for International Industrial Relations at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg.. He holds a Ph.D. from the FU Berlin and habilitated there in sociology. He is co-director of the doctoral program "Good Work" at the WZB and a member of the steering committee of the international automotive research network GERPISA. He is also a board member of the industrial and labor sociology section of the German Sociological Association.

Martin Krzywdzinski is active on a number of advisory boards (e.g. for MIT’s "Future of Work" program) and as a reviewer for funding institutions, foundations, and journals. He conducts research into the changing nature of work in the context of globalisation and digitalisation and has led a number of internationally positioned research projects, including research into the changing nature of work in emerging economies, crowdwork and Industrie 4.0.





Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
  • Positions

    Deputy Managing Director Weizenbaum-Institut e.V.

    Principal Investigator (PI):

    Research Group "Working in Highly Automated Digital-Hybrid Processes"

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  • Committees and functions
    • Head of the Research Group “Globalisation, Work and Production” at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
    • Professor for International Labour Relations at the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg
    • Member of the Program Committee of the Priority Program “Digitalization of Work Foundation Environments” of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
    • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the “Future of Work” Program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Member of the International Steering Committee of the automotive research network GERPISA
    • Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute
  • Fields of research
    • Sociology of labor and industry
    • Political economy, especially globalization of work and companies
    • Digitization of work


Since 2020
Fairwork (gefördert vom Bundesministerium für internationale Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung)

Automatisierung und Digitalisierung der Arbeitswelt in Folge der COVID19-Krise (gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales)

Skills, Artificial intelligence and Labour (gefördert von der Volkswagen Stiftung)

Seit 2017 Promotionskolleg "Gute Arbeit" (gefördert von der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung)



Krzywdzinski, Martin (2021): "Automation, Digitalization, and Changes in Occupational Structures in the Automobile Industry in Germany, Japan, and the United States. A Brief History from the Early 1990s until 2018". In: Industrial and Corporate Change, advance access, 20.05.2021, online:

Krzywdzinski, Martin/Gerber, Christine (2020): Varieties of Platform Work. Platforms and Social Inequality in Germany and the United States. Weizenbaum Series 7 7. Berlin: Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society - The German Internet Institute.

Krzywdzinski, Martin/Je Jo, Hyung (2020): "Skill Formation, Automation and Governance. Comparing German and Korean Automotive Manufacturers in Central-Eastern Europe". In: Critical Perspectives on International Business, advance access, 02.10.2020, online:

Gerber, Christine/Krzywdzinski, Martin (2019): "Brave New Digital Work? New Forms of Performance Control in Crowdwork". In: Research in the Sociology of Work, Vol. 33, pp. 121-143.

Krzywdzinski, Martin (2019): "Globalisation, Decarbonisation and Technological Change. Challenges for the German and CEE Automotive Supplier Industry". In: Béla Galgóczi (Ed.): Towards a Just Transition. Coal, Cars and the World of Work. Brüssel: European Trade Union Institute, pp. 215-241.