Workshop – Industry 4.0 in the human capital optic

Industry 4.0 in the human capital optic


Innovations 4.0 acceptance and use represent an innovative challenge based on introducing new and qualitatively improved ideas, knowledge, and methods. With regard to the development in the field of automation and its impacts on employment, as well as reform intentions due to the global economic situation, social science focuses on the field of human capital development in the context of the Industry 4.0 process. Changes in the work environment, trends of polarization and substitution on the labor market, as well as acceptance and use of Innovations 4.0, offer the space for analysis of the determinants of sustainable Industry 4.0 development. Human capital optic in Industry 4.0 analyzing is needed to explore the assumptions of sustainable Innovations 4.0 acceptance and use. Coherently with this orientation and in the framework of the VEGA project Work competencies in the context of Industry 4.0 development, our workshop will focus on two main streams, as far as topics are concerned:

1. Exploring the significance of Work 4.0 competencies, that cover specific technical, digital as well as mixed, and hybrid competencies. Process of labor market polarization towards human-intensive work tasks and computer-intensive work tasks and substitution of work tasks by machines due to different content of automated work activities reflects the key signs of Work 4.0. environment. Within this stream, we are interested also in competencies associated with working in co-bots in mixed work teams (in Human-Robot cooperation), work in Virtual and Augmented reality, as well as the importance of transferable skills, are included among key new Work 4.0. requirements. Intersectional approaches looking at Work 4.0 requirements in specific groups of workers (older workers, workers from socially disadvantaged environment, women optic) are welcome. Within this stream, we are interested in contributions that investigate the development of specific Work 4.0 requirements and Work 4.0 competencies also in relation to specific qualification degrees. The impact of the structure of work positions and qualifications on the differentiated development of Work 4.0 requirements offers the relevant field of interest.

2. Exploring key factors of successful and sustainable Industry 4.0 adoption, we aim at receiving contributions investigating determinants (social influence, expectations, facilitating condition, psychological factors) and moderates ( age, gender) of Innovations 4.0 acceptance and use. Comparative studies and case studies assessing the impact of specific factors, strategies, tools, or actions are also welcome.

Further crosscutting topics which are of interest and can be combined/intertwined with the two streams above are:

  • Innovation 4.0 in education – suggestions of successful Education 4.0 tools acceptance and use within education system
  • COVID 19 and its impacts on Innovations 4.0 acceptance and use

Workshop Organizers

  • assoc. prof. Dagmar Cagáňová, PhD.
  • MSc. Natália Horňáková, PhD.
  • M.A. Martina Porubčinová, PhD.

Workshop Co-organizers

  • M.A. Ivana Novotná, PhD.
  • assoc. prof. Daynier Rolando Delgado Sobrino