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Special Issue "The Impact of Technological Change on Employment, Skills and Earnings"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marco Vivarelli

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Institute of Economic Policy, Catholic University, Milano, Italy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the notion of sustainable growth had to include the goal of avoiding the possible job losses and severe income inequalities brought about by the diffusion of the new technologies. In this context, this Special Issue will focus on the employment, skill/task and income impacts of current technological change, both in industrialized, emerging and developing countries.

In particular, nowadays, the massive implementation of ICT, artificial intelligence and robots has raised again a widespread fear of a new wave of “technological unemployment”. In this context, not only agricultural and manufacturing jobs appear at risk, but employees in services—including cognitive skills—are no longer safe. Finally, these recent trends have interlinked with the financial and economic crises and with the slow recovery afterwards, often showing a jobless nature.
This Special Issue welcomes full research articles—both theoretical and empirical—based on quantitative analysis, with a preference for mathematical modeling and robust and updated econometric analyses. The level of the analysis ranges from the macroeconomic, to the sectoral and the firm level.

Prof. Dr. Marco Vivarelli
Guest Editor


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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Technological change;

  • R&D;

  • product and process innovation;

  • technological unemployment;

  • skill-biased technological change;

  • task-biased technological change

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Open AccessArticle Task Characteristics and Work Engagement: Exploring Effects of Role Ambiguity and ICT Presenteeism
Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1855; doi:10.3390/su9101855
Received: 15 September 2017 / Revised: 3 October 2017 / Accepted: 6 October 2017 / Published: 16 October 2017
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In order to secure organizational sustainability in a rapidly changing environment, it is necessary to implement a decentralized and flexible work environment. In such work environments, normally individuals are provided with autonomy and independence in performing tasks, thus allowing them to further engage
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In order to secure organizational sustainability in a rapidly changing environment, it is necessary to implement a decentralized and flexible work environment. In such work environments, normally individuals are provided with autonomy and independence in performing tasks, thus allowing them to further engage in their given work. This study investigated task antecedents of work engagement, and further explored the process of how task characteristics affect work engagement. It focused on examining the mediating effect of role ambiguity on the task characteristics-work engagement relationship and the moderating effect of information and communication technology (ICT) presenteeism on the task characteristics–role ambiguity relationship through multiple regression analyses and a bootstrapping procedure on survey data collected from 202 South Korean employees. It found that task interdependence and autonomy were negatively associated with role ambiguity. Of the two task characteristics, only task interdependence had a negative relationship with role ambiguity, and this relationship was significantly moderated by ICT presenteeism such that the negative association between task interdependence and role ambiguity was more pronounced when ICT presenteeism was high than when it was low. Full article
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