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The Human Capital in Smart Industry Research Group conducts research into the consequences of technological developments for employment and skills and preparing employees for these consequences.

Smart Industry is about merging technical developments in all sorts of areas with affordable data storage, powerful analytical tools and internet technology. This merging allows for production techniques that until recently were inconceivable, and for services on a global scale that can be delivered with unprecedented precision and speed. It is rightly called the 4th industrial revolution. The mission of the research group is to make Smart Industry a reality for companies and employees.

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Our philosophy is that the sustainability and predictability of knowledge will decrease as a result of the 4th industrial revolution. This means that employees’ knowledge will more quickly become obsolete and that it is difficult to predict which knowledge will still be relevant in a few years time. At the individual level, a good career will therefore depend on being alert and keeping up with developments, i.e. the ability to keep one's own knowledge and expertise up-to-date and relevant. This places high demands on staff, but also on companies, who will also have to switch more quickly and will have to reinvent production processes or even the entire business model if any development demands or requires such. This also means that companies will have to engage and involve their employees in such developments and support them where necessary. We clearly consider this to be a shared responsibility of the individual and the organisation.

The research group is closely linked to Saxion's economic degree programmes and offers various graduation tracks, HRM labs and applied research projects.

You can follow our research group on ResearchGate.

We conduct research into the following themes:

Research Tracks

How are technological developments going to change the content of work and what does that mean in terms of required staff competencies? In the technology sector, we conduct research among CEOs and HR managers into the effects that Smart Industry will have on work and methods of organisation. In addition, we will examine what competencies technologists require in the future. Through a number of case studies, we also provide insight into what Smart Industry will mean for organisations and labour. We do this from different angles, e.g. servitization, social innovation and training in the Smart Industry.

Have a look at the news, publications and researchers involved in this project on ResearchGate.

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How do we achieve optimal collaboration between humans and robots? We conduct research into 'joint optimization' between humans and robots. We examine the possibilities of balanced optimization of the available technology, job content, knowledge and skills and technology acceptance. We will conduct this research together with several companies that have implemented or want to implement robots in their production processes. Have a look at the news, publications and researchers involved in this project on ResearchGate.

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How can we challenge technologists - in their daily work - to develop themselves on a permanent basis in order to keep up with technological developments? We conduct research into how we can organise work in such a way that technologists are stimulated to develop themselves on a permanent basis. We also examine how cooperation between companies, education institutions and the government in the form of learning communities can further strengthen learning and development.

Have a look at the news, publications and researchers involved in this project on ResearchGate.

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Research Team

Maarten van Riemsdijk

Maarten van Riemsdijk

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Stephan Corporaal

Stephan Corporaal

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