Ambiguities of industry 4.0: gains, efficiency, and worker tensions

Keywords: industry 4.0, innovation, industrial, performance, manufacturing, technology

Abstract

Purpose: Increasingly, organizations are seeking technological innovations to improve their processes and production stages, configuring Industry 4.0, which, despite the evident gains, has generated tensions in the world of work. Thus, this article aims to analyze how workers in this context have experienced this transition. Methodology/Approach: In methodological terms, this study was conducted through a qualitative-descriptive approach, which investigated the perception of workers involved in organizations that went through technological innovations through semi-structured interviews analyzed in the light of content analysis. Findings: The results acknowledge the benefits of technological advancement to the substantial development of the production processes of these organizations but highlight the ambiguities of Industry 4.0, such as the replacement of human labor by machine, generating unemployment, conflicts, and tensions among workers. Research Limitation/implication: The limitations of this study are the size of its corpus due to the difficulty in joining the research, imposed by the social limits caused by the pandemic. Originality/Value of paper: The discussions observed in the research point to the ambiguities that accompany this phenomenon, which has different positions and visions and points to the urgency of inserting the human component in the debates involving various sectors of society.

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Author Biographies

Georgiana Luna Batinga, Federal University of Technology – Paraná
Professor of the Postgraduate Program in Administration at the Federal Technological University of Paraná (DAGEE/UTFPR), Curitiba campus. She has a PhD (2018), Master's (2014) and Graduation (2008) in Business Administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais. She develops research in the area of Work, Consumption and Society, with theoretical and methodological contributions in Discourse Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis.
Richardson Coimbra Borges, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul
Doctor in Business Administration from the Federal University of Lavras - UFLA, focusing on Business Management, Economics and Markets. Master in Agricultural Statistics and Experimentation, Area of concentration: Agricultural Statistics and Experimentation, by the Federal University of Lavras - UFLA. Specialist in Finance, Investments and Banking, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). Graduated in Accounting Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUCMINAS). Graduated in Business Administration from Faculdades Integradas Adventistas de Minas Gerais - FADMINAS. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, teaching subjects related to Accounting, Finance and Economics.

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Published
2022-04-11
How to Cite
Batinga, G. L., & Borges, R. C. (2022). Ambiguities of industry 4.0: gains, efficiency, and worker tensions. Revista Produção E Desenvolvimento, 8(1), e595. https://doi.org/10.32358/rpd.2022.v8.595
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Markets, Management and Engineering