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Food for thought: Robots, jobs and skills in food and drink processing in Norway and the UK

Lloyd, Caroline and Payne, Jonathan 2021. Food for thought: Robots, jobs and skills in food and drink processing in Norway and the UK. New Technology, Work and Employment 10.1111/ntwe.12194

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There is intense debate surrounding digitalisation and its implications for work. However, empirical research within established workplaces, especially international comparative studies, remains limited. This article uses cross-country research to further analysis of the relative importance of different institutions, actors and power relations in shaping digitalisation and worker outcomes. Through a multi-level approach, it compares the use of industrial robots in the food and drink processing sector in Norway and the UK. Drawing on qualitative research, it explores the pace of digitalisation, the process of implementation and job and skills outcomes. The study finds strong national differences in the pace of digitalisation, and the role of unions in the process of implementation. In Norway, union power at workplace and national level, embedded in institutional arrangements, underpins more advanced use of technology and improved outcomes for workers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0268-1072
Funders: British Academy/Leverhulme
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 May 2021
Date of Acceptance: 6 April 2021
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2021 15:09

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