Governing Work in the Knowledge-based Economy

The digital transformation affects the world of work fundamentally. The spread of AI and digital network structures challenge the existing instruments and institutions, which regulate work, and require new answers. These answers must be based on the existing and proven instruments and modernise them. The labour law of the 20th century will not be able to cope with the developments of the 21st century in the long term, just as social partnership cannot rely solely on the best practices of the past 70 years.

In this process, two factors in particular have to be taken into account: firstly, to be able to understand and classify the challenges of the knowledge-based economy, both nationally and internationally, and secondly, to define the institutional and organisational prerequisites for shaping the world of work. The project Governing Work in the Knowledge-based Economy addresses these issues in four work packages:

  • The effects of digitalisation on labour labour market inequality.
  • The challenges of the digital transformation and platform firms in the retail, commerce, e-commerce and logistics sectors.
  • The role of platform technology for innovative business strategies and the reorganisation of business models.
  • The approaches of firms and social partners with regard to the instruments of labour regulation and social protection.

The project is directed by Anke Hassel, Hertie School, in cooperation with John Zysman and Laura Tyson, UC Berkeley, Martin Kenney, UC Davis, as well as Markus Helfen, Innsbruck University and Wolfgang Schroeder, Kassel University.