Special Issue "Sustainable Human Resource Management in Industry 4.0"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2022.
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Interests: HRM; management; Industry 4.0; transport and logistics
Interests: management; human resource management; lean management; transport; rail transport
Interests: management; human resource management; motivation; wood industry
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Currently, businesses are reaching a point where their activities are being affected by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the associated digitalization. Digitization also affects all transport sectors: road, rail, air, and sea transport of people and goods. The corona crisis has increased the pressure to accelerate the digitization process and has focused attention on this goal in unison among economic operators, the public, and government, where all participants in logistics chains have been forced to respond to this situation. Digitization, as a megatrend of the 21st century, supported by the interests of the European Commission, has the potential to significantly modify various sectors. The advent of the digital age is causing changes in human resource management systems. Digitization of the socio-economic space provides management with new opportunities, streamlines the management process by reducing routine work, and saves time and money, while also having several risks and dangers for business and work resources. The advent of the digital economy is a challenge that encourages management to capture scientific, technical, and organizational innovations, to evaluate and assimilate them, and delegate them to subordinates. The management mechanism acquires new functions and leaders begin to act in new directions, communicate with each other through new forms, use new techniques, and methods of managing subordinates.
This Special Issue will enrich the current published knowledge in the field of human resources management in the context of Industry 4.0 with an emphasis on solving problems in transport and logistics. According to the published literature searches of contemporary academics, the published knowledge in the field of Management Science makes up about 4% of the knowledge of digital transformation solutions. The need for more in-depth research is highlighted, because innovations related to the industrial environment 4.0 transform expectations towards workers, especially in human–machine interactions. Great hopes are placed in the automation and use of technological innovations to address the enormous shortage of human resources in the areas of production, transport, and logistics. However, this is only a partial solution to the problem. Digital transformation is an urgent and relevant topic in which the development of knowledge based on empirical research is a knowledge gap. For this reason, empirical research in this area has high potential. On the other hand, the academic community faces a challenge because the transformation process is ongoing and presents several unanswered questions for all. Therefore, current knowledge in this area is a building block for further research, as previous research may not have identified all the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation affected by current crisis management during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Lenka Ližbetinová
Dr. Eva Nedeliaková
Dr. Miloš Hitka
Manuscript Submission Information
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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 semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
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- human resource management
- Industry 4.0
- HRM 4.0
- transport and logistics