Flexible new world of work

Expert study (2014-2016)


The world of work is going through a time of profound upheaval – around the globe, as well as in Switzerland. Constantly developing communications and information technologies, ever more efficient transport systems, increasingly flexible organisation of work, and the social development of the «multi-option society» are leading to traditional office working being supplemented by other forms such as the home office or mobile office. Against this background, the study examines the relative importance of paid and unpaid work, the characteristics of new forms of working, including the legal regulations covering them and the impact of mobile-flexible forms of working on the national economy. The overall aim is to present the potential risks and opportunities of these current developments using a detailed analysis. An overall assessment with recommendations based on the analysis should emerge, so that decision makers have a scientifically based documentation on the subject of the flexible new world of work available to them.

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Project supported by

  • Centre for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS

Project mandataries

  • Prof. Dr. Jens O. Meissner, Hochschule Luzern
  • Dr. Johann Weichbrodt, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz

In collaboration with:

  • Bettina Hübscher, Hochschule Luzern
  • Sheron Baumann, Hochschule Luzern
  • Patrik Senn, Hochschule Luzern
  • Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schulze, Fachhochschule Nordewestschweiz
  • Prof. Ursula Sury, Hochschule Luzern
  • Prof. Ute Klotz, Hochschule Luzern
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pekruhl, Fachhochschule Nordwestwschweiz

Supervisory group

  • Prof. Katharina Prelicz-Huber, President Vpod, TA-SWISS Steering Commitee (Chair of the supervisory group)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Beschorner, University of St. Gallen
  • Heidi Blattmann, Science Journalist, TA-SWISS Steering Commitee
  • Prof. Dr. Gundela Grote, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Christian Monn, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
  • Christine Villaret-D'Anna, Ergonomist, Viganello
  • Alain Vuille, Federal Statistical Office
  • Prof. Dr. Katja Rost, University of Zurich
  • Dr. Stefan Vannoni, economiesuisse, TA-SWISS Steering Commitee
  • Dr. Christoph Zanker, Fraunhofer Institut for Systems an Innovation Research ISI

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