Man and machine in Industry 4.0: how will technology transform the industrial workforce through 2025?


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This paper examines the current transformation of industrial production referred to as Industry 4.0, resulting from the rise and introduction of new digital industrial technologies. Questions asked include: How will this next wave of industrial evolution play out? Will it create or destroy jobs? How will job profiles evolve? And what types of skills will be in demand? To understand how the industrial workforce will evolve with Industry 4.0, the authors used the example of Germany to study the effects of the introduction of digital industrial technologies on the evolution of 40 job...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Technology; Employment; Industry; Skills and knowledge; Workforce development; Research

Keywords: Technological change; Employment creation; Skill obsolescence; Occupational structure; Employment projection; Skill needs; Workforce planning; Case study

Geographic subjects: Germany; Europe

Published: [Place of publication not identified]: Boston Consulting Group, 2015

Physical description: 18 p.

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Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 124.1056

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