Playing on the term Industrie 4.0, BEYOND4.0 aims to help deliver an inclusive future by examining the impact of the new technologies and digital platforms on the future of jobs, business models and welfare in the EU. Its objectives are to: 1) provide new scientific insight into technological transformation; 2) provide new scientific insight into company strategies dealing with technological transformation; 3) examine the consequences of technological transformation on (a) quality, content, quantity and distribution of work, b) skill needs, c) education and training and d) the creation of value by companies. The purpose is to: 1) identify possible options for fiscal and welfare policy, and 2) identify social investment approaches and tools for inclusive growth.
It is a multidisciplinary research project funded by Horizon 2020 and runs from 2019 to 2022. It is led by the Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). In addition to IER and TNO, the consortium partners are: Dortmund Technical University in Germany; the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge in Bulgaria; University College London in the UK; Turun Yliopisto in Finland; Helsingin Yliopisto also in Finland; CNAM in France; and the University of País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea in Spain. Professor Chris Warhurst is the Warwick lead. The rest of the IER team comprises Sally Wright and Drs Sally-Anne Barnes, Sudipa Sarkar and Chris Mathieu.