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Automation in Colombia: assessing skills needed for the future of work

Michael Jones (University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Sandra Idrovo-Carlier (INALDE Business School, University of La Sabana, Chia, Colombia)
Alfredo J. Rodriguez (INALDE Business School, University of La Sabana, Chia, Colombia)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 2 September 2021

Issue publication date: 9 March 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify workforce skills that protect an occupation from elimination due to automation technology.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors apply a Gaussian process (GP) classifier, based on the level of non-automatable work activities in an occupation, to USA and Colombian occupational datasets.

Findings

The authors find that communication, interpersonal relationship management and decision-making skills are most important in occupations that are resistant to automation.

Research limitations/implications

The results are based on work activities data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database developed for the USA labor market. This dataset does not capture significant differences in work activities, where they exist, for the same occupation between the two countries. The findings are also limited to Colombia. Readers should be careful to extrapolate the findings outside of this geography.

Originality/value

The authors discover that automation is likely to be a global phenomenon that can only be slightly mitigated by cultural and political factors.

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Citation

Jones, M., Idrovo-Carlier, S. and Rodriguez, A.J. (2022), "Automation in Colombia: assessing skills needed for the future of work", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 225-240. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-01-2021-0003

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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