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The Jobs of the Future: Managing work in the Digital Age


The Jobs of the Future: Managing work in the Digital Age


Thomas K Hamann recently published two chapters in the book Managing Work in the Digital Economy.  

New Forms of Creating Value: Platform-Enabled Gig Economy Today and in 2030

by Thomas K. Hamann & Stefan Güldenberg


This chapter explains the origins and development of the so-called gig economy and it provides a typology for the platform-enabled gig economy, including all types of gig work reaching from location-independent microtasking towards location-bound and interaction-intensive knowledge work. In addition, the importance of the platform-enabled gig economy for households as well as for the labor market and the various industrial sectors is examined. Both the positive aspects and opportunities associated with the platform-enabled gig economy and its disadvantages and risks are presented in the form of short propositions. Finally, an outlook is ventured on the probable further development of the platform-enabled gig economy up to the year 2030.


Values Versus Technology? Why We Need to Consider a New Foundation for Work

by Thomas K. Hamann


This chapter explores the two key drivers of change in our world of work: First, a change in the values prevailing in society as younger generations gradually replace their predecessors and, second, the spread of digital technologies. These two key drivers make the actual organization of work, and people’s needs drift further and further apart. Based on a discussion of this incompatibility, a possible development of a new way of living and working is laid out with respect to all three relevant levels: the general sociopolitical conditions, the inter-individual organization of work, and the individual with their needs. Furthermore, a likely scenario for the year 2030 is developed.


In addition to the book, he has produced several webinars on this topic.

The first webinar on “The Jobs of the Future” took place on April 28, 2021, and can be found here:

Access webinars based on the book  on the following YouTube channel: