Digitalisation has an effect on nearly every aspect of life: education, health, economy, consumption, mobility, communication; digital transformation is ubiquitous at work and in our private lives. The fast and radically changing Swiss working and professional world is particularly affected. The dissemination of digital, interconnected and highly effective technologies and applications such as intelligent computer systems, robotics, industry 4.0, the internet of things or mobile internet bring about changes whose impact is on par with that of the industrial revolution some 150 years ago. What is the role of humans in the digitalised world? What kinds of skill set count in a digital society? What is the impact of new technologies on work and leadership processes? The «Digital Transformation of the Working World» Interdisciplinary Cluster (IC) is dedicated to this topic area.
The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts invests in the development and implementation of interdisciplinary projects revolving around digital transformation in the working world, the interaction of technology and management models, as well as the effects of digitalisation on both individuals and society as a whole. The topic is approached from a holistic perspective to produce sustainable results for the benefit of industry, society and politics alike. Accordingly, specialist teams collaborate across Schools and disciplines: The IC is co-headed by Professor Gerhard Stefan Székely, PhD (School of Engineering and Architecture) and social anthropologist Professor Simone Gretler Heusser (School of Social Work). They are supported by a various experts from the Schools of Engineering and Architecture, Business, Information Technology, Social Work, Art and Design, and Music.
The cluster focuses on three core issues:
1. Technologies for tomorrow’s digital working world
2. Organisation, leadership and human resource management in future-oriented companies
3. Future-oriented work, professions, and social integration
The IC seeks to highlight paths towards creating a working world that is future-oriented and socially responsible in equal part. It coordinates the collaboration between numerous experts from all Schools of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts with a clear focus and mission and, in doing so, generates new work priorities and fields of competence, thereby positioning the Lucerne UASA as a strong partner in both a national and international context.