© 2016

Space, Place and Global Digital Work

  • Jörg Flecker

Part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work book series (DVW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jörg Flecker
    Pages 1-8
  3. Delocalisation of Digital Work

  4. The Changing International Division of Labour and Regional Development

  5. Dynamics of Virtual Organisation and Mediatised Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Thomas Ryser, Elisabeth Angerer, Mangadu Paramasivam Ganesh, Hartmut Schulze
      Pages 201-225
    3. Caroline Roth-Ebner
      Pages 227-245
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 247-256

About this book


This edited volume seeks to enhance our understanding of the concepts of space and place in the study of digital work. It argues that while digital work is often presented as 'placeless', work always takes place somewhere with a certain degree of local embeddedness. Contributors to this collection address restructuring processes that bring about delocalised digital work and point out limitations to dislocation inherent in the work itself, and the social relations or the physical artefacts involved.

Exploring the dynamics of global value chains and shifts in the international division of labour, this book explores the impact these have on employment and working conditions, workers' agency in shaping and coping with changes in work, and the new competencies needed in virtual organisational environments. Combining different disciplinary perspectives, the volume teases out the spatial aspects of digital work at different scales ranging from team level to that of global production networks.



spatial dynamics Sociology labour theory internet online work work organisation Information Technology society technology telework virtual work delocalization value chains global production networks environment globalization identity information technology Information Technology (IT) labor market missing link Nation organization service sociology trust

Editors and affiliations

  • Jörg Flecker
    • 1
  1. 1.Inst fur SoziologieUniv of Vienna Inst fur SoziologieWienAustria

About the editors

Jörg Flecker is a professor of sociology and head of the sociology department at the University of Vienna, Austria. For more than 15 years he has worked on delocalization of ICT-enabled work and restructuring of service value chains.

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