Special Issue "Digital Transformation and the Labour Market Inequalities"

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022 | Viewed by 1578

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Prof. Dr. Maria Urbaniec
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Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Cracow University of Economics, 31-510 Kraków, Poland
Interests: sustainable entrepreneurship; social entrepreneurship; green entreprenurship; innovation; sustainability
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Prof. Dr. Victor Fabian Climent Peredo
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Department of Sociology, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Universidad de Alicante, Campus de San Vicente, Edificio Germán Bernácer, Ctra. San Vicente S/N, 03690 – San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain
Interests: labour market; inequality; social structure; stratification

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue focuses on labour market inequalities in the age of digital transformation. New challenges in the labour market are associated with terms such as gig economy, sharing economy, collaborative economy, on-demand economy, platform economy. These terms describe a modern economy based on tasks and projects carried out on digital platforms, rather than on jobs. For several decades, there has been a systematic increase in the demand for workers in the service sector, with temporary work based on tasks and projects becoming more common.

This Special Issue contributes to the discussion on the impact of digital transformation on the labour market. The research highlights labour market challenges in the digital economy, with a particular focus on inequalities and consequences. Inequality is a central issue in contemporary debates in business and the social sciences, exemplified by Piketty's research on inequality in his landmark book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”.

A key objective of this Special Issue is to present the current state of research on the impact of the digital economy on various labour market inequalities. Digitisation contributes significantly to new challenges of labour market inequalities related to job insecurity, income irregularity, weak protection of labour rights, etc. This Special Issue focuses on examining the consequences of growing social and labour market inequalities across countries, economic sectors and organizations and companies. An important issue is also to provide strategic recommendations to mitigate these disadvantages.

However, the scope is not limited to these issues and new dimensions are encouraged. Papers with both theoretical and empirical contributions rooted in different disciplines are particularly welcome. Research methodologies may include qualitative, quantitative and mixed approaches.

Contributions have to follow one of the three categories of papers (article, conceptual paper or review) and address the topic of the Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Maria Urbaniec
Prof. Dr. Victor Fabian Climent Peredo
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  • labor market inequality
  • precarious work
  • alternative work arrangements
  • non-standard forms of work
  • flexible forms of employment
  • industrial relations
  • resilience and flexibility
  • social stratification
  • digital economy
  • gig economy
  • platform economy

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Identities and Precariousness in the Collaborative Economy, Neither Wage-Earner, nor Self-Employed: Emergence and Consolidation of the Homo Rider, a Case Study
Societies 2022, 12(1), 6; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc12010006 - 28 Dec 2021
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In recent years, courier and home delivery services have experienced extensive growth around the world. These platform companies, that operate through applications on smartphones, have experienced the benefits of the technological leap that has been produced by the conditions imposed by the COVID-19 [...] Read more.
In recent years, courier and home delivery services have experienced extensive growth around the world. These platform companies, that operate through applications on smartphones, have experienced the benefits of the technological leap that has been produced by the conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions on traditional commerce. This business model integrates novel elements that move away from a classic contractual relationship, employer-employee. They combine a strong cooperative culture, integrated by company values and principles that make the rider assume an identity that defines him/her as a worker and a member of a community. In addition, on the other hand, precarious working conditions, in which extreme competitiveness among colleagues and dependence on high standards of service compliance are encouraged. In Spain, there is a lack of research on the identity of workers in this type of platform. By means of in-depth interviews with drivers of two different companies in the Region of Murcia (Spain), the main objective of this article is to identify and describe the figure of what we define as homo rider, understood as a prototype individual in the context of contemporary labor relations, linked to the incorporation of new technologies for the intermediation and interconnection between people, goods and services. We approach to the socioeconomic spectrum and identity imaginary of the homo rider through two dimensions, material and ideological, to construct this broad, ambiguous figure between self-employment and wage-earner that would also represent a complex relation between precarious work and new technologies. Full article
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