Employee flexibility in operations in the era of digitalisation: Implications for social sustainability
Paper in proceeding, 2017

The paper provides a perspective on why employee flexibility is critical to manufacturing in the changing industrial landscape, how this links to efforts of digitalisation and automation in operations, and what opportunities and constraints this may have for achieving social sustainability. First, employee flexibility should be regarded at both horisontal and vertical dimensions. Second, responding to digitalisation of manufacturing requires both horisontal and vertical type of employee flexibility. Third, digitalization should relate more firmly employee flexibility, and too even greater extent to social sustainability. Employee flexibility can bridge the gap between digitalisation and social responsibility.

social sustainability


Employee flexibility




Nina Edh Mirzaei

Arni Halldorsson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Service Management and Logistics

4th International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Forum: The Challenge of sustainable innovation: the role of OM and SCM.

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Business Administration

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance


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