Digital Project Practice for New Work and Industry 4.0 (Vol. II)

New Work and Industry 4.0 have matured, and this book takes a practical, experience-based approach to project management in these areas. It introduces methods and covers the practical aspects. It critically examines existing approaches and practices and shows their limitations. The book covers appropriate methods as well as human and social aspects. It contributes to the ongoing discussion of business practices and methods. It also aims to stimulate dialogue in the professional community.

Digital Project Practice for New Work and Industry 4.0 begins by introducing basic concepts in the context of Industry 4.0 and discussing how they might influence organizational communication and impact the work environment. After examining the possibilities and challenges of remote work and collaboration in distributed teams worldwide, the book looks at a company’s fundamental changes related to New Work from a practical business perspective as well as legal and ethical perspectives. It reviews the case of the VW emission scandal and recommends ways to improve corporate culture. Legal issues include New Work and hybrid forms of collaboration and liability for automated decisions (i.e., the potential need for an “electronic person”). Other implications for the workplace include how:

• Industry 4.0 might influence the potential demand for “Digital Unions”
• Industry 4.0, lean production, and their applications can change industrial practices
• Open Banking presents new approaches and new business models
• Work structures and systems can empower employees’ work self-management

This book also looks at how New Work affects individual workers. It addresses digital stress, introduces strategies for coping with it, and discusses related topics. It also explores the benefits of meditation and the economics of mind, body, and spirit.

In essence, this book covers appropriate methods along with human and social factors. It also covers practice, different perspectives, and various experiences from all around the globe. Contributing to the ongoing discussion on business practices and methods, this book will nourish and stimulate dialogue in the professional community.