Austria, Vienna

The Global Digital Workplace - New Ways of Working, New Forms of Labour

when 6 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
duration 1 week
credits 4 ECTS

Two interrelated processes have transformed work and labour on a global scale: The wider reach of multinational corporations forming global value chains and the digitisation of information accompanied by the advances in information and communication technologies. They have contributed to new dynamics of job relocation, shifting international divisions of labour, new forms of cooperation over distance and new opportunities to integrate geographically distributed work processes. These changes have also brought forth entirely new types of ‘digital’ or ‘virtual’ labour, both paid and unpaid.

The Marie Jahoda Summer School will explore recent developments of digital work and labour within corporations, along global value chains and over the internet. In this context new questions arise. How are workers’ identities shaped? What are their individual and collective reactions to these new forms of work? How do boundaries between paid and unpaid work shift? What do these processes mean for the gendered division of labour? Does the shifting international division of labour provide new perspectives for labour markets and development in the Global South? To what extend is work embedded in particular localities?

Every day of the Summer School focuses on one specific topic. Acknowledged experts in the corresponding field will give an introductory lecture and will comment the papers and presentations of the trainees.

The summer School is organized in close cooperation by the Institute of Sociology, University of Vienna and the COST-Action IS1202 - Dynamics of Virtual Work.

Course leader

Local Organisers:
Prof Jörg Flecker (University of Vienna)
Franz Astleithner (University of Vienna)

Target group

PhD students and early stage researchers working on the digitisaton of work

Course aim

Participants will gain from the international exchange with acknowledged scholars and other students.

Dr Ernesto Noronha & Dr Premilla D’Cruz
Dr Bridget Conor
Prof Rudi Schmiede
Prof Jörg Flecker
Prof Ursula Huws

Prof Ursula Huws
Prof Saskia Sassen

Fee info

EUR 0: No participation fee is charged.


Students from COST member countries have the possibility to receive a flat rate grant that should cover expenses for travel and accomodation. For further information ask