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

Caroline Lloyd, Jonathan Payne
2021 New technology, work and employment  
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 multilevel approach, it compares the use of industrial robots in the food and drink processing
more » ... ctor 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.
doi:10.1111/ntwe.12194 fatcat:qlngxjlqx5bl3ckdlbydctcxq4