Brief description of the field of competence

Digitalisation is a central megatrend that affects both society and companies. Many new potentials arise in companies through digitalisation, from production and employees to the value chain.

After mechanisation, electrification and computerisation of industry, Industry 4.0 denotes a fourth industrial revolution triggered by the progressive development of information and communication technologies (ICT). In this context, the networking of intelligent production systems and new possibilities and forms of human interaction within and between companies play an important role. These potentials face challenges not only in terms of technical implementation, but also in terms of work design and organization in production and production-related areas.

In Kompetenzfeld „Digitalisierung“ of ITA, research and application projects deal with topics such as the design of the digital transformation process in companies, procedures for the selection and implementation of technologies with the involvement of employees. But also the recording of employee requirements in the digital transformation process as well as topics from the field of leadership in digital working environments, agile organizational design, digital learning, digital business models and data protection play a role in the competence field.

All activities are guided by the idea of using the potentials of digitisation for the design of humane work, integrating the interests of all stakeholders.

About the activities in the Kompetenzfeld „Digitalisierung“ ITA pursues the goal of positioning itself as a competence centre for the humane design of digital transformation in Rhineland-Palatinate and beyond. To this end, ITA is active in a broad network of partners in research and implementation.

This will be a key factors in shaping digital change and the concretisation of Industry 4.0 and Work 4.0, among others:

  • to integrate humans as employees into these intelligent systems,
  • to increasingly establish collaborative forms of work,
  • to pursue a participatory development and integrated introduction of CPS in organisations,
  • to design transformation processes that accompany the change from industry 3.0 to 4.0,
  • interlink production or products and services within the framework of Industry 4.0.

News from the field of competence digitisation

503, 2020

5. March, 2020|

Since a number of years, organisations active in vocational education and training (VET) throughout Europe try to become more inclusive, as to implement high quality education for all citizens. Recently, digitalisation gained relevance on their agenda as well, as it is considered the cornerstone of the digital transformation of EU business and society with the promise of an enormous growth potential for Europe. However, the digital transformation of VET proved itself to be far more complex than just to procure and use pieces of information and communication technology (ICT). Due to this complexity, VET organisations find themselves in the dilemma to either split their resources or drop one of their ambitious goals. The ERASMUS+ project EICON found a third option, discarding this “either-or” restriction, and identified synergies between inclusion and digitalisation in VET. First results to be used by VET organisations are now available.

403, 2020

4. March, 2020|

The conference "Digitalisation in care - Potential for better work organisation and higher job satisfaction? " has to be cancelled at short notice due to the current situation regarding the corona virus. The organisers are currently examining with the responsible project management organisation to what extent the latter will support a postponement of the conference.

Projects in the competence field of digitisation

Contact person

Dr. Regina Osranek
Senior Research Assistant


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