Dynamics of Virtual Work

Space, Place and Global Digital Work

Editors: Flecker, Jorg (Ed.)

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This edited volume seeks to enhance our understanding of the concepts of space and place in the study of digital work. It argues that while digital work is often presented as 'placeless', work always takes place somewhere with a certain degree of local embeddedness. Contributors to this collection address restructuring processes that bring about delocalised digital work and point out limitations to dislocation inherent in the work itself, and the social relations or the physical artefacts involved.

Exploring the dynamics of global value chains and shifts in the international division of labour, this book explores the impact these have on employment and working conditions, workers' agency in shaping and coping with changes in work, and the new competencies needed in virtual organisational environments. Combining different disciplinary perspectives, the volume teases out the spatial aspects of digital work at different scales ranging from team level to that of global production networks.

 

 

About the authors

Jörg Flecker is a professor of sociology and head of the sociology department at the University of Vienna, Austria. For more than 15 years he has worked on delocalization of ICT-enabled work and restructuring of service value chains.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Flecker, Jörg

    Pages 1-8

  • The Production of ‘Placelessness’: Digital Service Work in Global Value Chains

    Flecker, Jörg (et al.)

    Pages 11-30

  • New Topologies of Work: Informatisation, Virtualisation and Globalisation in Automotive Engineering

    Will-Zocholl, Mascha

    Pages 31-51

  • Algorithms that Divide and Unite: Delocalisation, Identity and Collective Action in ‘Microwork’

    Lehdonvirta, Vili

    Pages 53-80

  • ‘Clouds’ in the Desert? Central and Eastern Europe and Ukraine in the New Division of Labour for Business Services and Software Development

    Hardy, Jane (et al.)

    Pages 83-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Space, Place and Global Digital Work
Editors
  • Jorg Flecker
Series Title
Dynamics of Virtual Work
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48087-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48087-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48086-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 256
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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