Digital Transformations in the Challenge of Activity and Work

Understanding and Supporting Technological Changes

Volume 3 - Technological Changes and Human Ressources SET Coordinated by Patrick Gilbert

Digital Transformations in the Challenge of Activity and Work

Edited by

Marc-Eric Bobillier Chaumon, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, France

ISBN : 9781786305299

Publication Date : February 2021

Hardcover 294 pp

165.00 USD



The accelerating pace of technological change (AI, cobots, immersive reality, connected objects, etc.) calls for a profound re-examination of how we conduct business. This requires new ways of thinking, acting, organizing and collaborating in our work.

Faced with these challenges, the Human and Social Sciences have a leading role to play, alongside others, in designing, supporting and implementing these digital transformation projects. Their ambition is to participate in the development of innovative and empowering devices, that is to say, systems that are truly at the service of human beings and their activity, that empower these professionals to take action and that also provide occupational health services.

This book takes a multidisciplinary look at the challenges of these digital transformations, making use of occupational psychology, ergonomics, sociology of uses, and management sciences. This viewpoint also helps provide epistemological, methodological and empirical insights to better understand and support the changes at work.


Part 1. Towards an Overview of Digital Transformations...
1. Emerging Technologies and Issues for Activity and Occupational Health, Marc-Eric Bobillier Chaumon.
2. Collaborative Work Platforms: Challenges for Business Development, Nadia Barville-Deromas and Marc-Eric Bobillier Chaumon.
3. Virtual Reality: Definitions, Characteristics and Applications in the Workplace, Camille Sagnier, Émilie Loup-Escande and Gérard Valléry.
4. Robotization in Industries: A Focus on SMEs, Sandrine Berger-Douce.
5. Serious Games for Vocational Training: From Emotional Labor to Knowledge Transfer, Lydia Martin, Julian Alvarez and Antoine Taly.
6. The “Old” Issues of the “New” Artificial Intelligence Systems in Professional Activities, Tamari Gamkrelidze, Moustafa Zouinar and Flore Barcellini.

Part 2. New Modalities and Forms of Work...
7. Challenges in Deploying Telework: Benefits and Risks for Employees, Emilie Vayre.
8. The Reconfiguration of Managerial Practices through Digital Innovation: The Example of a Work Team in Site Renovation, Elodie Chambonnière and Jacqueline Vacherand-Revel.
9. Integrating Collaborative Robotics into Work Situations: The Intentions of SME Managers in the Digital Transformation of their Companies, Anne-Cécile Lafeuillade, Flore Barcellini, Willy Buchmann and Tahar-Hakim Benchekroun.
10. The Role and Function of Technological Artifacts in Entrepreneurial Activity, Irène Poidi, Marc-Eric Bobillier Chaumon and Jacqueline Vaccherand-Revel.

Part 3. Psychosocial and Socio-organizational Impacts of the Diffusion of Technology
11. The New Physical Territories of Digital Activity, Maria Ianeva, Raluca Ciobanu and Chiara Lai.
12. Digital Work, Disposable Work? When Opportunities to Explore Threaten the Meaning of the Activity, Maxime Besenval and Alexandra Bidet.
13. Is the Obsolescence of the Skills of Older Employees an Inevitable Consequence of Digitalization?, Florence Cros, Marc-Eric Bobillier Chaumon and Bruno Cuvillier.
14. Are Work Collectives and Digital Exposure Compatible?, Pauline Crouzat and Marc-Eric Bobillier Chaumon.

Part 4. Approaches and Methods for Conducting Digital Transformations
15. Prospective Ergonomics in Service of Technological Innovation, Jean-Marc Robert, Antoine Martin, Mitra Taraghi, Clément Colin, Masood Maldar, Flavie Bonneviot and Eric Brangier.
16. Simulating Digital Activity in the Making: Elements of Methodology, Laurent Van Belleghem.
17. Managing Technological Change, Clotilde Coron and Patrick Gilbert.
18. Exploring the Situated Acceptance of Emerging Technologies in and Concerning Activity: Approaches and Processes, Marc-Eric Bobillier Chaumon.

About the authors/editors

Marc-Eric Bobillier Chaumon is the Chair of Occupation Psychology at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in France. His research and work focuses on the uses and impacts of emerging technologies on workplace activities.