Future challenges related to technological developments

Brenda Vermeeren, Fabian Dekker

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The issue of how new technologies will affect working life is not new, but has been revitalized by the rise of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotization. The 1980s and 1990s saw a lively debate in the academic literature about the effects of ‘automation’ on work. The question was whether technological developments resulted in the upgrading of jobs, the downgrading of jobs or in the polarization of employment. The main conclusion was that it all depended on specific choices made within organisations. Arguably, HRM can be seen as an important player in making these organisational choices as a main goal of HRM is to align organisational strategy, HR strategy and HR practices in order to enhance organisational performance. In this chapter, the role of HRM in managing the effects of technological developments in the public sector will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch handbook Human Resource Management in The Public Sector
EditorsEva Knies, Bram Steijn
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781789906622
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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