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Future of work: Addressing the challenges of digitalisation
Fafo seminar
Tuesday 21 November 2017, kl 14:00-15:30
Fafo's conference center, Borggata 2B, Oslo

På programmet

Wolfgang Schroeder


Kjetil Staalesen

Spesialrådgiver, Næringspolitisk avdeling

Tone Tønnessen

Utredningssjef i Samfunnspolitisk avdeling

Research Director
Senior researcher

Recorded webcast of the seminar, is available on the site Fafo TV

How can the challenges of digitalisation be addressed by the social partners? Digitalisation has the potential to fundamentally change working life through new technologies that enable us to solve problems in novel ways, but simultaneously disrupt value chains, business models, competence needs and power relations in working life. In this seminar, we ask how the social partners can shape digitalisation, and what the Nordic countries can learn from the German experiences.

This seminar launches a new report which investigates social partner strategies related to digitalisation, in the Nordic countries and Germany. The report is commissioned by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and authored by Professor Wolfgang Schroeder of Kassel University, Germany, who will present his findings.

Key questions are what consequences digitalisation wil have for industrial-, labour market- and trade union policies, following greater use of digital technologies in services and industrial production. Going beyond a narrow discourse focused on technological aspects, what social and economic challenges are presented by the digital economy?  What is the role of the social partners? What can we learn from their involvement in initiatives for technological and social innovations, such as Industry 4.0, Work 4.0 and the regulation of the platform economy?


Welcome by Kristin Alsos, Fafo

Introduction by Johan Røed Steen, Fafo: Future of work and the Nordic models. Presentation (pdf)

Keynote speaker: Wolfgang Schroeder, Kassel University, Germany:
Shaping digitalisation: Lessons from Germany. Presentation (pdf)

Comments by
Kjetil Staalesen, LO
Tone Tønnessen, NITO. Presentation (pdf)

Discussion led by Jon Erik Dølvik, Fafo

Chair: Kristin Alsos, Fafo

New report

The new report Shaping Digitalisation: Industry 4.0 – Work 4.0 – Regulation of the Platform Economy is authored by Wolfgang Schroeder, Samuel Greef og Benedikt Schreiter, and commissioned by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). Web edition (pdf).

Wolfgang Schroeder

Wolfgang Schroeder is a professor and Head of Departement of Political Science at Kassel University, Germany. Schroeder was the Permanent Secretary of Labour in Brandenburg from 2009 to 2014. He has occupied a position on the board of IG Metall as the head of the department for social policy, and he is part of SPDs Basic Value Commission. His research interests include automation of work, the German trade union movement and welfare policy.


Research area: Sharing economy

Research project: The future of work: Opportunities and challenges for the Nordic models


Relevant links

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Nordic Countries. Topic: Digitalisation and Labour

Council of Nordic Trade Unions (NFS)

NFS / FES Conference 14th November in Stockholm: The Future of Work: Labour, just a click away?



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