Research Project

Fair Labor in the Digitized Economy

A four-year research project funded by the Research Council of Norway

With funding granted by the Research Council of Norway, this four-year research project “Fair Labor in the Digitized Economy”, focuses on how society can ensure fair labor conditions while transitioning into a fully digitized economy.

As new technologies develop, altering forms of collaboration between people and machines, many voices within the academic and professional spheres claim that these advances will trigger an era of accelerated innovation and disruption, comparable to the industrial revolution. Already, the concepts of work, labor, and employment are evolving and technology is unravelling many traditional expectations of what it means to have a ‘career’ or even a ‘job’. Organizations across the industrial spectrum are reflecting this new reality, with some being quick to celebrate the new opportunities which come with technological changes, while some staunchly resist the advance of ‘job-destroying robots’.

Critics argue that digital labor constitutes a modern form of exploitation because it undervalues of human labor, lacks basic worker protections, and disenfranchises workers from the final product due to increasing task fragmentation. By contrast, optimistic theorists stress that digital labor is a means of worker empowerment, dependent on intrinsic motivation and the way of the future. In such a shifting labor landscape, many questions arise with regard to how society wants to co-ordinate into a fully digitized economy. In particular, questions arise with regard to how fair labor conditions can be maintained and promoted. 

As the trajectory of digital technology is the consequence of specific choices, both private and public, it is important at this early stage to conduct in-depth empirical analysis of the ongoing trends, focusing on both a regional and global scale. We aim to offer a balanced voice in this discourse, providing detailed empirical evidence and applicable knowledge. With such insights, we can serve the public interest in facilitating public deliberation on desirable practices and policies.

  • Tuesday, 01 October 2019 -

    More Agents – more Opportunism? Visiting research fellow Valentin Clemens presents work on (triadic) relationships in the sharing economy

    In May and June 2019 Valentin Clemens from the University of Münster joined NCIS as a visiting research fellow. Valentin is currently finishing up his PhD, which tackles key questions surrounding…

  • Friday, 06 September 2019 -

    Publication Alert: New Article in Mobile Media & Communication

    The article "The Privacy Implications of Social robots: Scoping Review and Expert Interviews" by Christoph Lutz, Maren Schöttler and Christian Pieter Hoffmann is now available in Mobile Media &…

  • Tuesday, 20 August 2019 -

    79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management

    This year’s Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management was held in Boston from Aug 9th-13th under the conference theme ‘Understanding the Inclusive Organization’. The Nordic Centre for Internet and…

  • Monday, 08 July 2019 -

    New Special Issue on the Sharing Economy now available

    New Special Issue “Sharing Economy, Sharing Responsibility? Corporate Social Responsibility in the Digital Age” now out in the Journal of Business Ethics.

Contact

For all queries, please contact:

Professor Christian Fieseler

BI Norwegian Business School

E-mail: christian.fieseler@bi.no

Twitter: @BI_NCIS

Facebook: @BINordicCentre

This project has received funding from the Research Council of Norway within the SAMANSVAR project "Fair Labor in the Digitized Economy" (247725/O70).