Through a series of studies, the overarching aim of this book is to investigate if and how the digitalization/digital transformation process causes (or may cause) the autonomy of various labor functions, and its impact in creating (or stymieing) various job opportunities on the labor market. This book also seeks to illuminate what actors/groups are mostly benefited by the digitalization/digital transformation and which actors/groups that are put at risk by it.

This book takes its point of departure from a 2016 OECD report that contends that the impact digitalization has on the future of labor is ambiguous, as on the one hand it is suggested that technological change is labor-saving, but on the other hand, it is suggested that digital technologies have not created new jobs on a scale that it replaces old jobs. Another 2018 OECD report indicated that digitalization and automation as such does not pose a real risk of destroying any significant number of jobs for the foreseeable future, although tasks would by and large change significantly. This would affects welfare, as most of its revenue stems from taxation, and particularly so from the taxation on labor (directly or indirectly). For this reason, this book will set out to explore how the future technological and societal advancements impact labor conditions.

The book seeks to provide an innovative, enriching and controversial take on how various aspects of the labor market can be (and are) affected the ongoing digitalization trend in a way that is not covered by extant literature. As such, this book intends to cater to a wider readership, from a general audience and students, to specialized professionals and academics wanting to gain a deeper understanding of the possible future developments of the labor market in light of an accelerating digitalization/digital transformation of society at large.

chapter 1|11 pages

A journey of a thousand miles

An introduction to the digitalization of labor
ByAnthony Larsson
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part I|134 pages

Practical utilization of new technologies

chapter 2|16 pages

Behind the history of labor

Technology as the driving force 1
ByAlexander Bard, Jan Söderqvist, Anthony Larsson
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chapter 3|43 pages

The substitution of labor

From technological feasibility to other factors influencing the potential of job automation 1
ByJochem van der Zande, Karoline Teigland, Shahryar Siri, Robin Teigland
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chapter 4|6 pages

Minimum wages for online labor platforms?

Regulating the global gig economy
ByAlex J. Wood, Mark Graham, Mohammad Amir Anwar
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chapter 5|20 pages

The digital disruption of science

Governments and scientists toward an “Open Science”
ByAntoine Maire
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chapter 6|16 pages

Black boxes of cognitive computers and the impact on labor markets

ByVictor Erik Bernhardtz
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chapter 7|31 pages

AI leadership and the future of corporate governance

Changing demands for board competence
ByFernanda Torre, Robin Teigland, Liselotte Engstam
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part II|38 pages

The role of the digital welfare state

chapter 8|14 pages

Polarization, tax revenue and the welfare state

Digital disruption or still standing strong? 1
ByMårten Blix
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chapter 9|11 pages

Welfare states and digitalization

ByBent Greve
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chapter 10|11 pages

“Gig patients”

Health and dental care in the gig economy
ByAnthony Larsson, Dominika Sabolová
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part III|131 pages

Digital disruption of status quo

chapter 11|13 pages


What are the risks and who benefits?
ByAnthony Larsson, Pernilla Lilja
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chapter 12|13 pages

Players for hire

Games and the future of low-skill work
ByEdward Castronova
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chapter 13|22 pages

The global gig economy

Toward a planetary labor market 1
ByMark Graham, Mohammad Amir Anwar
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chapter 14|19 pages

Identifying the digital gender divide

How digitalization may affect the future working conditions for women
ByAnthony Larsson, Yamit Viitaoja
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chapter 15|26 pages

Consulting in the digital era?

The role of tomorrow’s management consultants
ByAnthony Larsson, Nicole Andersson, Peter Markowski, Malin Nilsson, Ivy Mayor
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chapter 16|36 pages

Digitalization, circular economy and the future of labor

How circular economy and digital transformation can affect labor 1
ByAnthony Larsson, Linn Lindfred
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part IV|20 pages


chapter 17|15 pages


The digital transformation of labor – where do we go from here?
ByAnthony Larsson
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chapter |3 pages


Impact of digitalization on employment and working conditions
ByJohn Øvretveit
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