The volume presents the findings of recent European research on digitalisation and its impacts. It consists of 14 chapters which were were presented during the Beyond4.0 scientific conference held in Sofia on 30 September and 1 October 2021.
The contributions in this book come from 25 researchers from a number of European universities and research centres in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the UK. These contributors have developed their analysis in the framework of several disciplines – sociology, organisational studies, labour law, employment relations, economics, philosophy, and future studies, among others.
The presented papers cover a wide variety of topics related to the two main dimensions of the digital transformation. Some chapters focus on changes in manufacturing, while others look to platforms. Several authors interpret empirical results from specific country studies, e.g., the deployment of Industrie 4.0 in Belgium, the automotive industry in Portugal, or translation companies in Bulgaria, while others offer a more abstract reflection on particular topics related to the digital transformation, e.g., the future of skills or the collaboration between humans and robots.
The editors Vassil Kirov and Bagryan Malamin, members of the Bulgarian BEYOND4.0 team, thank to all contributors.