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Current research projects

IviPep - Work 4.0 in the field of product development

The aim of this project is to teach companies how the product development process can be designed efficiency-enhancing and humane at the same time by means of digital technologies. For this purpose, an instrumentarium for the design of individualized virtual product development processes in Industry 4.0 is being developed. It contains a database consisting of available digital technologies, a procedure model of a stepwise implementation of these technologies as well as an individual tool of needs assessment (quick check). The potentials and impacts of digitized work are analyzed and concepts are elaborated for the implementation of and qualification for digitized work.

In pilot projects, four companies implement different innovative technologies. The design of the future world of work is tested and requirements for the instrumentarium are derived from actual business practice.

Our work unit performs a work psychological cost-benefit analysis of the innovative technologies and analyses how the digital technologies can be implemented in an employee-friendly and fair manner. Moreover, we analyse the qualification requirements of the future way of working to adapt human resource processes and training.

The joint project of three research groups, four pilot companies and a company working on the technical implementation is supported financially by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) with a term of three years. The research groups are the work unit Work and Organizational Psychology at Bielefeld University, the Fraunhofer-Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design (coordination) in Paderborn, and the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies, and Image Exploitation (Industrial Automation) in Lemgo.

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Prof. Dr. Günter W. Maier
Agnieszka Paruzel, M.Sc.
Dominik Bentler, M.Sc.
Lisa Mlekus, M.Sc.

This Research and Development Project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Social Fund for Germany within the Program "Zukunft der Arbeit" and is supervised by the Projektträger Karlsruhe (PTKA) . The Author is accountable for the content of this publication.