New technologies: the future and the present of work in information and communication technology

This paper outlines a selection of technological and organisational developments in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and analyses their likely challenges for workers and trade unions around the globe. It addresses the convergence of telecommunications and information technology, the related developments of ubiquitous computing, ‘clouds’ and ‘big data’, and the possibilities of crowdsourcing and relates these technologies to the last decades' patterns of value chain restructuring. The paper is based on desk research of European and international sources, on sector analyses and technology forecasts by, for instance, the European Union and Organisation for Economic Co‐operation and Development, and some national actors. These prognoses are analysed through the lens of recent research into ICT working environments and ICT value chains, identifying upcoming and ongoing challenges for both workers and unions, and outlining possible research perspectives.

Holtgrewe, U. (2014), New technologies: the future and the present of work in information and communication technology, New Technology, Work and Employment, 29(1), pp. 9-24.


  • Research publication
  • Other
  • Yes
  • no specific sector focus
  • representation, industrial relations, social dialogue
  • English
  • New Technology, Work and Employment (Publisher)
  • Qualitative research
  • 2014
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