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BEYOND4.0 Final Conference, 28 March 2023
Policy Briefs #9 and #10: 
Our Final Results

BEYOND4.0 wants to share its final research results. One very specific research result is on knowledge spillovers in entrepreneurial ecosystems. This is a mouthful, and the essence is that regions can go for more economic growth by getting their collaboration together. We share some specific insights into how companies and regional stakeholders can collaborate to achieve superior economic performance. Our last policy brief is a “point d’orgue” as they say in French. If we look back at the BEYOND4.0 project, what do we want you to remember first? There are so many results. We share with you the driving force for digital transformation: that is not technology itself but the learning environment that is created. How to support this with regional ecosystems and with a new social security system. You can find this and much more in the final policy brief of the BEYOND4.0 project. 

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BEYOND4.0 Policy Brief No. 7

The Successful Conclusion of BEYOND4.0

The final conference of the BEYOND4.0 project took part on 28 March. During the conference MAKING TECHNOLOGY, JOBS, AND WELFARE WORK. WHAT HAS INDUSTRY 5.0 TO OFFER? the results of the project were presented and discussed. Senior representatives of the European Commission - Diederick Samsom - Chief of Staff of Commissioner Frans Timmermans, and Peter Droel - Director of Prosperity of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation - took part in the conference. Other participants were representatives of business, science, and public authorities leaders from several EU countries.

The conference was a formidable success for the BEYOND4.0 project. It achieved its objectives of presenting and disseminating the results and involving EU policymakers and representatives of business and labour organisations. There were 95 participants on-site and 18 followed it online.
The event was organized by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

All given presentations are available for download from here

TNO: Proud About Our Work

The BEYOND4.0 project has come to an end. Policy-wise, we wanted to create an impact with our research. Scientifically, we wanted to change the tone of the debate on technological transformation. And then, of course, as the project and scientific coordinators were are happy to have a great team working on these goals. The commitment of the team was and is great. The most important outcome of our collaboration is the lasting working relationships between the partners. This was not a one-off.

The project is also a springboard for careers. Several colleagues have been awarded PhDs over the course of the project. Some colleagues have also become professors. We wish them success in spreading the Beyond4.0 message. Others have since left for new workplaces. We congratulate them with their new challenges.

All required actions have been delivered with remarkable results. But what matters to us more are the extras we have delivered. The project team worked out more than twice as many publications as requested. Our social media reach has been tremendous. We have got the conversation going with so many decision-makers. And, now, we can also move forward in various European and national projects. We want to thank the Beyond4.0 team for their efforts over the past 4,5 years! You are an amazing team!

On the TNO side, we have worked with a whole team on the project. We know it's tough tugging on a project like this. It is about monitoring time, budgets and quality. But also about keeping the fun in the work and in the team, of course. For others to judge whether we succeeded in that. Anyway, this is a great place for us to thank everyone on the TNO side for their efforts.

And now? Well, we do have a review moment ahead of us. We look forward with interest to the discussion we will have. And although the project’s official end date has passed, many’ spin-offs’ are still underway. We want the BEYOND4.0 project to be talked about for years to come.
As the Bulgarian team participating in the BEYOND 4.0 project, there are several main lessons that can be drawn from this initiative:
Understanding the impact of new technologies on the future of jobs and skills in Europe and in Bulgaria in the context of the examined entrepreneurial ecosystems in Sofia. This knowledge enabled us to analyse how regions and companies can anticipate and adapt to these changes effectively.

Emphasizing inclusivity: it was crucial for the Bulgarian team to prioritise inclusivity while investigating technological advancements. We considered the potential effects of new technologies on different social groups, such as women, youth and low-qualified individuals. By actively promoting inclusivity, we could formulate recommendations in order to ensure that the benefits of technological advancements are accessible to all citizens in Bulgaria.

For the Bulgarian team, it is essential to analyse the specific challenges and opportunities that arise from technological disruptions and identify potential areas where Bulgarian businesses can leverage these advancements to gain a competitive edge by encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship to foster a thriving technological ecosystem in Bulgaria, including by knowledge production and spinoffs.

Our work in the framework of the comparative European project, with the valuable support of some of the leading European research centres, led us to significant scientific impact, achieved through the publications of articles and books, as well as for societal and policy impact, achieved by recommending pathways to national and regional policymakers and stakeholders.

Vassil Kirov, IPS-BAS
A Source of Innovations for the
Being part of the Beyond4.0 consortium and successfully completing the tasks of WP3 and WP5 was a wonderful human and scientific challenge for the Cnam-Ceet team and the source of many technical and organisational innovations. To cope with the different lock downs associated with the COVID crisis, we had to learn to work together differently, developing collaborations based on trust and mutual support. We also had to learn to communicate differently and use new tools.
The scientific expertise of the European existing statistical databases mobilised for the project was a major challenge. We identified some data gaps – as summarised in the Policy brief n°6 and presented during a workshop in March 2021 – and developed innovative solutions to use the available data from EU-wide surveys. This allowed us to build three combined employer and employee datasets that are available for future researches on simple request to the Cnam-Ceet team.
Finally, the scientific collaboration with the project teams has been a great source of exchanges in converging on coordinated analyses of the socio-economic outcomes of the technological transformation. In particular, the development of a composite indicator of Learning Capacity of the organisation, presented during the Beyond 4.0 final conference, has also been welcomed by the European Commission's DG Research as a tool for making progresses towards the analyses of Industry 5.0.
All the resources developed and consolidated for this project 4.0 are a real springboard for future projects 5.0 and more! Thanks to all Beyond 4.0 partners for these four years of cooperation and collaboration, with special thanks for Steven and the TNO team!

For the whole CNAM-CEET Team: Nathalie, Silvia and Sylvie.

The Public Service That Is BEYOND4.0
Perhaps at the risk of sounding a little glib, I think that it’s fair to say that what BEYOND4.0 has provided over the past four year is nothing less than a valuable public service. Prior to Beyond 4.0 policymakers were fearful of claims of massive job losses arising from digitalisation. However much of the research on which these claims were based were predictive, even prescriptive. Their findings were based on what might happen or what should happen. The problem with such claims was that there was little empirical research examining what was actually happening to work and welfare with the introduction of digitalisation in European firms. It is into this gap that Beyond 4.0 positioned itself. Over the past four years, it has now generated that research and published a series of high-quality working papers and, importantly, policy briefs. Thes publications will undoubtedly help other researchers better understand current and future of work in a digital but they will also help policymakers develop better responses and measures to support workers, businesses and the citizens invested in the European project as the digital transformation occurs over the coming years.

Chris Warhurst, Warwick University
BEYOND4.0 Final Conference, 28 March 2023
The Practical Side of Digital Transformation.
A Tool Book for Practitioners
The purpose of the tool book is to deliver the findings, insights and experiences into a tool book for practitioners about digital transformation that respects inclusiveness. The tool book implies step-by-step plans to arrive at digital transformation and inclusive growth. It presents practical approaches for policy-makers, practitioners and consultants working at the level of regions and companies.

Download the book from here:

Inclusive Growth: ‘Recipes For Success’ Beyond Industry 4.0

CORDIS article about BEYOND4.0 and H2020 programme results
An analysis of technology’s impact on companies and the labour market has led to rapidly accelerating policy reform on EU, national and company levels...

Decent, Inclusive, and Green? Mission Impossible?
Vassil Kirov, IPS-BAS

The article discusses the interconnection between the green transition and the digital transformation, known as the twin transition. The article analyses the specific role of digitalisation and its impact on a regional entrepreneurial ICT ecosystem in Sofia, Bulgaria, where the digital transformation has led to decent work in the ICT sector but is completely disconnected from the green transition. The article argues that these processes need a policy lever to develop in parallel with one another and connect, as they are rather disconnected.

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Beyond4.0 publications
Some of the Project's Deliverables and Publications

A Cocktail Of Reads

Participation Income. An Alternative to Basic Income for Poverty Reduction in the Digital Age - Heikki Hiilamo

Inclusive Futures for Europe: Addressing the Digitalisation Challenges - editors Vassil Kirov and Bagryan Malamin

Experimenting with Unconditional Basic Income Lessons from the Finnish BI Experiment 2017-2018 - Olli Kangas

The Digital Transformation and the Future of Work, (in Bulgarian) - Vassil Kirov

Firm Strategies and Managerial Choices to Improve Employee Innovation Adoption in the Logistics Industry
- Oeij, P.R.A, Hulsegge, G., Preenen, P.T.Y., Somers, G., Vos, M

The Digital Transformation and the Future of Labour (in Bulgarian) - Vassil Kirov

Humanizing work in the digital age: Lessons from socio-technical systems and quality of working life initiatives - David Guest, Angela Knox, Chris Warhurst

Organisation, technological change and skills use over time: a longitudinal study on linked employee surveys - Steven Dhondt, Michiel Bal and Karolus O. Kraan

Regional entrepreneurial ecosystems: Technological transformation, digitalisation and the longer term—The automotive and ICT sectors in the UK and Bulgaria - Chiara N Focacci, Vassil Kirov

Socio-Economic Performance of European Welfare States in Technology-Induced Employment Scenarios - Ville-Veikko Pulkka, Miska Simanainen

gining the Platform Economy - Mariana Mazzucato, Rainer Kattel, Tim O'Reilly, Josh Entsminger

Public Wealth Funds: Supporting Economic Recovery And Sustainable Growth 
Dr. Josh Ryan-Collins

New Ways of Organizing: Alternatives to Bureaucracy - Herman Kuipers, Pierre van Amelsvoort, Eric-Hans Kramer

Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives - Linnet Taylor, Aaron Martin, Gargi Sharma, Shazade Jameson

How Digitalisation Must Be Harnessed To Save Jobs - Esther Lynch

AI Job Displacement Index

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