Labour 4.0: How is the workforce prepared for the future of manufacturing industries?

Astrid Heidemann Lassen, Andreas Kornmaaler Hansen, Daniel G. H. Sorensen, Maria Stoettrup Schioenning Larsen

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This chapter presents a discussion of the needs to supplement the current technology-centric view on Industry 4.0 with an understanding of how to prepare the workforce for the new competences required in the future of manufacturing. The discussion is elaborated through an empirical analysis of 31 Danish manufacturing companies. This concludes that while many companies provide enabling learning environments, the lack of explicit competence strategies is widespread and causes unfocused and faltering exploitation of the potentials offered by Industry 4.0.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Smart Production for SMEs : A Methodological and Practical Approach Towards Digitalization in SMEs
EditorsOle Madsen, Ulrich Berger, Charles Møller, Astrid Heidemann Lassen, Brian Vejrum Waehrens, Casper Schou
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-15427-0, 978-3-031-15430-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-15428-7
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Competences
  • Digital transformation
  • I4.0
  • Learning

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