The future of industrial labor

By early 2021, the new study aims to create a blueprint to a new era of industrial labor. On the following pages we present the focus and methodology of the study as well as the ThinkTank strategy sessions.​

As new technologies such as AI, robotics, and automation permeate deeper into our society and work, the way we organized industrial labor, produced industrial goods and employed industrial workforce changes dramatically. This change will require not only an adaption of skills and structures but a different mindset of entrepreneurs. The current structure of industrial organizations is no longer sufficient to address the constantly changing environment they are embedded in.

Yet, with ever faster developing digitalization, industrial labor has undergone quite a few changes in the last decades. Automatization has decreased the cost of production tremendously while simultaneously making workplaces cleaner and healthier. Newer technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics or augmented reality, provide chances to enhance and adapt productivity. Despite these efforts in the recent past, the growing speed of how the specific needs of the economy continuously change leaves an acute gap and urgent time laps to the reactive adaptations of the industrial sector.

A mindset open to digital tools and technologies, far away from selling numbers.  The ongoing acceleration of data generation offers opportunities for the industry: making proper use of production data and integrating it into operational and strategic decision-making processes as well as using it for business model expansion will become one of the main tasks. Skills in machine learning and industrial analytics are the foundation to successfully use this data.​

Although buzzwords such as Industry 4.0 and digitization are dominating the public debate, concrete recommendations for action are still rare. With this study, we would like to close this gap.

Each of our ThinkTanks produces one future study over a period of 12 months. That is a total of 6 futures studies per year, the contents of which are available to our partner companies in advance.  Before we publish the results of our research, we bring together corporate leaders in the DACH region with like-minded people and experts. In these strategy sessions, the participants reflect, evaluate, select and work on real challenges in order to return to their companies with viable solutions. At these sessions, international guest speakers provide impulses for possible starting points.

Research Manager

Jacqueline Zimmermann

Researcher bei 2b AHEAD

In our session, Jacqueline Zimmermann, researcher at 2b AHEAD, will present the first results of her research. Furthermore, leading decision makers and experts in the field of industrial labor will share their knowledge with us.