New technologies and the transformation of work and skills: a study of computerisation and automation of Australian container terminals

Gekara, V and Nguyen, X 2018, 'New technologies and the transformation of work and skills: a study of computerisation and automation of Australian container terminals', New Technology, Work and Employment, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 219-233.


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Title New technologies and the transformation of work and skills: a study of computerisation and automation of Australian container terminals
Author(s) Gekara, V
Nguyen, X
Year 2018
Journal name New Technology, Work and Employment
Volume number 33
Issue number 3
Start page 219
End page 233
Total pages 15
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Abstract The increasing adoption of smart computer and robotic technologies at work has, in addition to displacing workers, significantly disrupted the traditional organisation of work and the workforce skills required. Based on a qualitative social science study, this paper discusses the ways in which these changes have affected container terminals. Specifically, we examine the transformation in the nature and content of work and the types of skills required by the workforce for the enduring and emerging jobs. We conclude that a completely different port terminal worker has emerged with a different job role and skills profile. Unlike the traditional 'wharfie' the emerging terminal worker is well educated and highly skilled. Furthermore, as physical shop floor operations are computerised and automated, greater importance is placed on soft, generic and transferable skills, with increasing emphasis on computer skills to facilitate effective work within a highly mechanised and digitalised work environment.
Subject Human Resources Management
Innovation and Technology Management
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Keyword(s) computerisation and automation
container terminals
digital skills
dockworkers
future of work
new technologies
transferable skills
DOI - identifier 10.1111/ntwe.12118
Copyright notice © 2018 Brian Towers (BRITOW) and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISSN 1468-005X
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