Within FairWRC, this theme covers technology and organising in its broadest sense, covering aspects such as production technologies, service technologies, and information and communication technologies.   There is a focus on three main areas.  Firstly, how technology is influencing and shaping working practices, changing skills and reframing occupational identities. Secondly, research investigates technology workers, as a distinct category of employees, and their response to workplace change, sectoral trends, and developments. This interest extends to how social and cultural influences affect technology work, asking questions concerning technology and gender.  Finally, the ways in which digitisation is altering the labour process is considered, along with a distinct focus on digital labour in its own right.  This includes issues such as how virtual work is monetised, the use of technology platforms to coordinate distributed labour, and the implications of crowdsourcing for fairness at work.

Related Publications:

Bergvall-Kåreborn, B. and Howcroft, D. (2013) ‘The Apple Business Model: Crowdsourcing Mobile Applications’, Accounting Forum, vol. 37, no. 4, pp.280-289 (special issue on the Apple Business Model).

Bergvall-Kåreborn, B. and Howcroft, D. (2013) ‘‘The future’s bright, the future’s mobile’: A study of Apple and Google mobile application developers’, Work, Employment and Society, vol. 27, no.6, pp.964-981

Gleadle, M.P.R., Hodgson, D.E. and Storey, J. (2012) ‘“The Ground Beneath My Feet”: Projects, Project Management and the Intensified Control of R&D Engineers’, New Technology, Work and Employment, vol. 27, no. 3, pp.163-257

Greenhill, A. and Fletcher, G. (2013) ‘Labouring Online: are there ‘new’ labour processes within virtual game worlds?’, Journal of the Association for Information Systems vol. 14, no. 11, pp.672-693

Hodgson, D.E. and Briand, L. (2013) ‘Controlling the Uncontrollable: ‘Agile’ Teams and Illusions of Autonomy in Creative Work’, Work, Employment and Society, vol. 27, no. 2, pp.308-325. 

Howcroft, D. and Richardson, H. (2012) ‘The back office goes global: Exploring Connections and Contradictions in Shared Service Centres’, Work, Employment and Society, vol. 26, no. 1, pp.111-117 

Howcroft, D. and Taylor, P. (2014) ‘‘Plus ca change, plus la meme chose?’ – researching and theorising the ‘new’ new technologies’, New Technology, Work and Employment, vol. 29, no 1, pp.1-8