Recent advancements in autonomous digital technologies, such as generative AI and advanced robotics, are having a significant impact on the demand for skills in the workplace. These developments can lead to skill imbalances and mismatches among workers. To address this issue, the European Centre for Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) is organising a research workshop and inviting research paper submissions on this topic.
The workshop aims to explore how the interaction between humans and technology in various workplace environments and human resource management practices can lead to different forms of cooperation. Researchers are encouraged to investigate under what conditions digital technologies can have either positive or negative effects on workers’ upskilling and skill matching outcomes.
There is a need for deeper research into the impact of new digital technologies on the labour market and how they interact with job tasks, upskilling requirements, and overall job quality. A better understanding is needed of how technology adoption, management practices, and investment in workers’ skill development can be designed to create a worker-friendly regulatory framework.
The research papers should focus on one or more of several themes, including the complementarity or substitutability of technology for skills, the impact of digital technologies on skilling needs, and how digitalisation affects job skill requirements and work organisation. Additionally, the workshop seeks to identify skill mismatches associated with the adoption of new technologies and explore how technology adoption in firms interacts with human resource management and skill utilisation strategies.
The workshop aims to help researchers improve their papers for potential publication in Cedefop’s working paper series and the Journal of Education and Work. Interested researchers can request access to Cedefop’s second European skills and jobs survey data by submitting a draft research proposal by January 19, 2024.