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International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation: Release of a Special Issue about Workplace Innovation

A special issue on Workplace Innovation in the Era of Disruptive Technologies in the “International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation” shows why the digital transformation requires workplace innovation. sfs-researchers contributed to this publication the article "Sociotechnical perspectives on digitalisation and Industry 4.0".


Ralf Kopp, Steven Dhondt, Hartmut Hirsch-Kreinsen, Michael Kohlgrüber and Paul Preenen contributed an article about „Sociotechnical perspectives on digitalisation and Industry 4.0“.

They argue that the sociotechnical systems approach and theory (STS) helps to deal with todays rapid digital transformations in designing best suitable labour, organisations and jobs. Not surprisingly, related approaches based on STS assumptions, such as Modern Sociotechnical Thinking (MST) and Workplace Innovation (WPI) theory, are rapidly developing in Europe. Yet, research and (theoretical) analyses that place STS in todays digital industry challenges and WPI are sparse. The basics of sociotechnical concepts and new research, needs and perspectives for further development of STS in todays context need to be explored. Therefore, against the background of empirical experiences in logistics and process industry and in context of Industry 4.0, this article discusses firstly the model of classical STS approach and the skill orientated work design. Secondly, MST and its derived concept of WPI is positioned. Furthermore, a complementary practice theory perspective is introduced, illustrated by an example design project. Finally, some future recommendations for research are made.  

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