Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
Technikfolgenabschätzung - Theorie und Praxis vol:16 issue:2 pages:13-18
This article looks at the current intensified globalisation of the economy from the perspective of the restructuring of global value chains, changes in organisations and the impact on work and workers. Economic globalisation today implies a restructuring of global value chains and a changing inter-organisational division of labour. The essential characteristic is the decoupling of business functions to relocate them in different organisational and geographical configurations. Therefore it seems more accurate to analyse restructuring at the level of global value chains rather than at the level of individual firms. Although effects on work and workers of these tendencies are still relatively unexplored in research, several assumptions can be made. The blurring of organisational boundaries and the fragmentation of work, the triangulation of the employment relationship, changes in the autonomy, new qualification and flexibilisation strategies and a different time use for individuals are some of the expected outcomes.