03.05.2019 | ESB Topnews, Research

Video interview: How will we work in the future?

Researchers involved in the ESB project “DigiTrain 4.0“ answer questions concerning the digital working environment

Im Videointerview sprechen Prof. Dr. Arjan Kozica und Dr. Daniel Thiemann über das Projekt DigiTrain 4.0 / Video interview: Prod. Dr. Kozica and Dr. Thiemann talk about the project DigiTrain 4.0.
Im Videointerview sprechen Prof. Dr. Arjan Kozica und Dr. Daniel Thiemann über das Projekt DigiTrain 4.0 / Video interview: Prof. Dr. Kozica and Dr. Thiemann talk about the project DigiTrain 4.0.

By: Lena Jauernig

The digital transformation is currently changing our working environment at high speed. Decision-makers in organisations, scientists and other social actors are asking themselves: How can the transformation to digital working environments be achieved? How can organisations tackle the challenges and shape positive digital working environments?

They receive support in these and other questions from researchers at ESB Business School. “Organisations that want to change their working environment face considerable challenges. First of all they are frequently unaware of what they actually want to change“, says Professor Dr Arjan Kozica, head of the DigiTrain 4.0 research project at ESB Business School. He adds: “Not every company can become as digital and smart as Google or Microsoft. This means that organisations first need to think about how digital their working environment should actually be”.

What lies behind the DigiTrain 4.0 project? The abbreviation stands for “Indiziert. Transformiert. Digitalisiert. Instrumente für den erfolgreichen Wandel ins Arbeiten 4.0“ (“Indexed. Transformed. Digitised. Instruments for a successful transformation to Work 4.0“). The project team is developing, testing and evaluating four tools that will help corporate decision-makers to transform their individual working environment in a reflected and systematic manner: The digitisation atlas is a guide to Work 4.0 in companies. The digitisation index defines their digital degree of maturity. With the digitisation compass decision-makers can determine which digitisation level they can ideally aim at for their company in the short, medium and long term. The transformation agenda contains specific change measures to improve the digitisation level in the working environment in accordance with individual corporate requirements.  

In a video interview (German language) project manager Professor Dr Arjan Kozica and his colleague Dr Daniel Thiemann provide more information about the DigiTrain 4.0 project. In addition, they answer specific questions about the digitisation of the working environment in a series of short clips (German language), you will find those on our LinkedIn channel

The DigiTrain 4.0 research and development project is funded as part of the “Future of Work” programme by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research  and by the European Social Fund of the European Union  and is supervised by the project management organisation Karlsruhe (PTKA). 

For more information on the DigiTrain 4.0 project visit the project's website.