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People 4.0

Public debate on Industry 4.0 has suggested for a long time a strictly technological interpretation, but lately the discussion about the social effects of the new paradigm began to take shape, opening up new investigative fronts for social, economic and legal sciences, motivated to analyze the ongoing reconfiguration of relationships between people and organization, technology and production systems, work and leisure, market and society. A horizon in which arises the need to reexamine the policies related to the economy development and the cultural growth of society. And where ‘people 4.0′ does not play a marginal role, on the contrary it is the pivot and terminal of the reconfiguration in progress.

By now, across Europe, there is a growing and diffuse need for knowledge about the impact of industry 4.0 on human labour. Powered by an inadequate and veiled by ideological elements public view, the debate would instead gain great benefits from accurate data and analysis on the relationships that industry 4.0 establishes with the mechanisms of learning and training, with the exercise of creativity and problem solving, with the definition of new autonomy margins (wider or narrower?) for workers, with the problem  of active involvement and participation. 


Participation spaces, opportunities for co-design of the production process, the change of skills and new inputs on training, wage policies and career paths, ergonomic improvements on health and safety and the onset of work related stress … are the main chapters for the study People 4.0 : Work, technology and participation in the near future Industry.


The book is organized into five chapters: People, ten factories are described by the people
who work in them; The Italian way, this short chapter illustrates the choices and hypothese underlining the research; at the heart of this analysis Digital Grammar looks at Industry 4.0 in terms of digital culture and communication media as key organizational tools in ‘intelligent’ factories; Labour Grammar considers the way work is organized and structured, content, hierarchies, the expectations of companies and how workers change. Voices, brings together the points of view of experts in training, labour laws, innovation (France, China…) that help to understand the Italian scene from an international perspective.


Research was carried out by Torino Nord Ovest in collaboration with the Politecnico di Torino.  Support for the project was gratefully provided by the NCTM Law Firm and the outplacement company Lee Hecht Harrison Italia. A preliminary research of business cases was carried out with the help of the FIM CISL (Italian Metalworkers Federation).

The afterword of the book is curated by the Rector of the Politecnico di Torino Guido Saracco.


The factories of the research:

Alf (web), Bottero (web), Casappa (web), CB e Valko (web), Gruppo Cft (web), Comau (web), Cosberg (web), Fratelli D’Acunzi (web), Eurotech (web), Ferrari Farm (web), iGuzzini (web), Intercable (web), Lima Corporate (web), Mi-Me (web), Noberasco (web), Pedrollo (web), Prima Industrie (web), Gruppo Rina (web), Samec (web), Sariv (web)


/Period 2017, 2018

/Partners Nctm Studio Legale, Lee Hecht Harrison – Adecco, Fim Cisl