WTO Interests

Our research revolves around several enduring themes:

Work and workers in the knowledge economy

The spread of digital technologies is partially responsible for the shift from an industrial to a knowledge-based economy. These developments imply drastic changes in the occupational structure and in the nature and meaning of employment. WTO is engaged in researching the implications of these technological changes for employees, contractors, and other contributors, including in global work arrangements.

Technologies and organizational forms

A key theme in WTO’s research program is the examination of how different technologies and work practices implicate different structural arrangements, standard operating procedures, incentive systems and other organizational forms.

Technical work practices

Although there are well established techniques for studying physical work, describing or studying work that is mental or discursive is more challenging. One objective of WTO’s research agenda is to document work practices in a variety of diverse technological settings.