Researchers in the industrial and work futures research cluster believe that sustainable development can’t be achieved without reforming industrial and work environments. Moving toward the sustainable future built environment and the Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a fundamental change in the industrial and future work environments.
Technologies like smart mobile devices, 3D printing, sensors, cognitive computing and the internet of things (IoT) are changing the way companies design, manufacture and deliver products and services. In parallel, digital disruption and social networking have changed the way organisations operate, hire, manage and support their workforce. However, the industrial and future work environment goes beyond technology-driven change; it also supports organisations to optimise their operation without undermining sustainable development.
Research in industrial and future work environments creates an opportunity to harness converging technologies to create healthier, safer, more inclusive and human-centred work environments, in particular for the New Zealand construction industry.
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