Centre for Internet & Society

Centre for Internet & Society and the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi is conducting a workshop in New Delhi on March 28, 2018.

Industry 4.0 is widely understood as the technical integration of cyber physical systems into production and logistics, and the use of IoTs and services in processes, which are designed to bring about significant changes in business models, downstream services and work organisations.

Labour markets are complex and are impacted by wide variety of contextual factors such as policy, informal sectors, and immigration. Technological adoption is increasingly a key factor impacting labour markets. The impact and effect of technological adoption is also complex.Questions such as whether the technology is augmenting the job, automating the job/parts of the job, digitizing the job/part of the job, and if this is resulting in unemployment or a change and re-shuffling in tasks arise. In a similar vein, as pointed out in a 2017 McKinsey Report on labour markets in India, declining labourparticipation also does not necessarily equate to unemployment and could mean instead more people are staying in education etc. International studies have concluded that jobs in developing countries will be more at risk than those in developed countries because of a larger workforce employed in routine jobs, yetit is unclear if these studies have fully accounted for context and local labour market structures.

With the goal of exploring research questions and methodologies and facilitating the exchange of ideas, prior to commencing research, CIS in collaboration withthe Department of Management at IITD, will organise a roundtable on the 28th of March 2018 from 10am - 4pm at Committee room, 4th floor, Vishwakarma Bhawan,Dept of Management Studies, IIT Delhi . The event will bring experts and relevant stakeholders together to discuss research questions, methodologies, and sources of data necessary for researching the impact of automation on labour markets in developing countries.

Questions

  • What are the kinds of quantitative and qualitative changes in employment in response to technological adoption that need to be studied? What methods are needed to study these? What data is needed to study these?
  • What are the policy processes that are most critical for the research to speak to? Will it be focussed on education? Re-skilling? Market control?
  • Who are the key stakeholders needed to engage with to undertake this research with respect to the quantitative, qualitative, and policy oriented research.

Agenda (Tentative)

  • 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Tea
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Session 1: Exploring Research Questions for the Study of Future of Work

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Session 2: Primary Data and the Future of Work: Challenges and Prospects

  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Session 3: Research Methodologies for the Future of Work

  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Session 4: Identifying Stakeholders for the studying Future of Work

  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Evening High Tea