This book addresses the impact of new technologies, typically discussed under the heading of Industry 4.0. It focuses in particular on the automotive industry which has been at the forefront of introducing new technologies such as industrial robots. It analyses their impact on working conditions and employment as well as on the role of production sites in the value chain. The book also addresses the extent to which digital transformation represents an opportunity, or a challenge, for the countries that specialise in manufacturing production as far as their development prospects and competitiveness are concerned.

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The challenge of digital transformation in the automotive industry-2020

Contents_The challenge of digital transformation in the automotive industry

Jan Drahokoupil: Introduction: Digitalisation and automotive production networks in Europe

Pamela Meil:Inside looking out: Digital transformation in the German automobile sector and its effects on the value chain

Andrea Szalavetz: Digital transformation and local manufacturing subsidiaries in central and eastern Europe: Changing prospects for upgrading?

Ricardo Aláez-Aller, Carlos Gil-Canaleta, Juan Carlos Longás-García and Miren Ullibarri-Arce: Digitalisation and the role of MNC subsidiaries in the Spanish automotive industry

Krzysztof Gwosdz, Grzegorz Micek, Arkadiusz Kocaj, Agnieszka Sobala-Gwosdz and Agnieszka Świgost-Kapocsi: Industry 4.0 and the prospects for domestic automotive suppliers in Poland

Andrea Szalavetz: Digital entrepreneurs in factory economies:Evidence from the automotive industry in Hungary

Matteo Gaddi: Technological and organisational innovation under Industry 4.0 – Impact on working conditions in the Italian automotive supply secto

Monika Martišková: The transformation of jobs and working conditions: Towards a policy response

List of contributors_The challenge of digital transformation in the automotive industry