BEYOND4.0 Bulletin #3
Beyond4.0 Lgotype
Beyond Bulletin #3

June 18, 2020

 BEYOND4.0 Output
Understanding Future Skills

Within BEYOND4.0, a first report has been elaborated presenting current results of research activities in the first months of the topic “Understanding Future Skills”. It is about different aspects of changes in skills requirements due to digitalisation in organizations. Two updates will follow when additional data have been collected and processed at company, regional and EU level.

The objective of the report is to provide a better understanding of the new and increasingly important skills needed for future workplaces. It is about matching the demand side of future skills (employers´ and individuals´ requirements) and the supply side (vocational education and training). To categorise the new and increasingly important skills that are needed for digitalisation, an early framework has been developed. After presenting general aspects of the current skills debate, the general framework is described that includes the actors of the demand side and how skills demand is derived from individual and organisational requirements. On the supply side, relevant actors are described and with which topics they deal with. In the centre of the framework, there is a classification of future needed skills (conceptualisation) and the quantitative part of demanded skills showing their proportions and numbers in a macro-level perspective (calculation). In the last chapter of the report, the next steps are shown which will be elaborating the demand side of skills and planned updates for the skills framework.

While this first report is confidential, all essential results will be presented in public during BEYOND4.0 Scientific Conference: Inclusive Futures for Europe BEYOND Industrie4.0 and Digital Disruption (September 30 - Oct. 1, 2020, Sofia), and various articles to be published in 2021. Meanwhile, further insights from analysing future skills demand and offers, will be reported in coming newsletters and events. This will include data from regional and company analysis.

Extensive Interest Towards

BEYOND4.0 Guidance Paper

Our second deliverable "Guidance paper on key concepts, issues and developments Conceptual framework guide and working paper" got more than 2300 reads since it's upload on Researchgate in December.
The guidance paper provides a common intellectual understanding for the BEYOND4.0 research project. It explains what is to be analysed, why and how. As part of this task, it explains the key developments, issues and concepts that drive the project. It provides a common starting point for the aim of BEYOND4.0 to support the delivery of an inclusive European future by examining the impact of new technologies on the future of jobs, business models and welfare in the European Union (EU).

San Sebastian

YES, There Will Be
A Second Summer School!
, It Will Be In
San Sebastian Again!
The first BEYOND4.0 was a big success. The second also will take place at Miramar Palace from 31 May to 4 June 2021.
The summer school theme will  reflect the state of progress of the project:
1. Present initial findings from the project e.g.: the digitalisation of production; the digitalisation of work; regional responses to digitalisation; skills; data sources; historical analysis; and social policy.
2. Enable PhD students to present their relevant work.
3. Help  PhD students to develop skills e.g.: EU policy engagement; communicating research to a wider audience.
4. Feature parallel sessions (work in progress): EUWIN, regional social partners, other relevant H2020 projects, Spain-based EU agencies e.g. JRC and OSHA.
5. Dial-in webinars broadcast, utilising project members.
6. Various site visits.

More details to come!

In meantime, please take a look to what happened in the first edition:
Overview video of the Summer School by Prof. Steven Dhondt:
Methodological consideration by Prof. Chris Warhurst:
Students´ view:

"In our view, the project implementation is satisfactory.
EU reviewed BEYOND4.0 project development last month.
The report from the reviewers is favorable, despite it requires reworking of some deliverables.

We are happy!
Photo by Rock'n Roll Monkey on Unsplash

Connecting Streams of Workplace Innovation
Peter Oeij & Paul Preenen's (TNO) presentation at XXXI ISPIM Innovation Conference
Workplace innovation is enhancing innovation via employee engagement. The workshop intended to connect different international streams that deal with related issues. One Australian-SE Asian stream has as point of departure an individual behaviour construct to understand WPI and innovative behaviour; another EU stream sees WPI strongly connected to organisational conditions and modern sociotechnical thinking; and a third Australian-UK stream tries to connect individual and organisational approaches with the notion of work design and SMART work. A fourth Korean stream studies working conditions in manufacturing that are conducive to WPI. A fifth stream investigates the implications for WPI from the cooperation between people and intelligent machines like robots in Japan. What are commonalities and differences and how does that help innovation in general?

Photo by Rock'n Roll Monkey on Unsplash

Results of Finland's Basic Income Experiment: Small Employment Effects, Better Perceived Economic Security And Mental Wellbeing
Olli Kangas, Signe Jauhiainen, Miska Simanainen and Minna Ylikännö (UTU)
The basic income recipients were more satisfied with their lives and experienced less mental strain than the control group. They also had a more positive perception of their economic welfare. 
The interpretation of the employment effects of the experiment is complicated by the introduction of the activation model in 2018.

Readings Cocktail

Useful Links
BEYOND4.0 SlideShare

BEYOND4.0 supports an inclusive European future via examining the impact of Industry4.0 and the Digital disruption on the future of jobs, business models and welfare.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 8222296.