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Smart Industry Research in the Field of HRM: Resetting Job Design as an Example of Upcoming Challenges

Electronic HRM in the Smart Era

ISBN: 978-1-78714-316-6, eISBN: 978-1-78714-315-9

Publication date: 9 August 2017


Research implications

The challenges are meant as an indication of the issues that arise within job design due to smart industry and, in so doing, suggest directions for future research in this specific field. Additionally, through laying out challenges for this particular example, the chapter encourages scholars to consider the possible impact of smart industry within other HRM areas.




The authors are very thankful to Dr Anna Bos-Nehles for her helpful comments on an earlier version of this chapter. While we were writing this chapter, Daniek Bosch finalised her data analysis and her graduation project into job characteristics in smart industries and the challenges for job design. We are very grateful to her for allowing us to use several interview quotes from her research to strengthen our argument. Further, we would like to thank Prof. Onne Janssen for his feedback on the smaller research project which became an inspiration for this chapter.


Habraken, M. and Bondarouk, T. (2017), "Smart Industry Research in the Field of HRM: Resetting Job Design as an Example of Upcoming Challenges", Bondarouk, T., Ruël, H.J.M. and Parry, E. (Ed.) Electronic HRM in the Smart Era (The Changing Context of Managing People), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 221-259.



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