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Thriving in Digital Workspaces

Recommended Read: Thriving in Digital Workspaces. Emerging Issues for Research and Practice. Edited by Melindi Coetzee

This edited volume focuses on innovative solutions to the debate on human thriving in the fast emerging technology-driven cyber-physical work context, also called Industry 4.0. The volume asks the important question: How can people remain relevant and thrive in workplaces that are increasingly virtual, technology-driven, and imbued with artificial intelligence? This volume includes two major streams of discussion: it provides multidisciplinary perspectives on what thriving could mean for individuals, managers and organisations in current and future non-linear and Web-driven workspaces. In this context, it points to the need to rethink the curricula of the psychology of human thriving so that it is applicable to Industry 4.0. Second, it discusses the new platforms of learning opening up in organisations and the ways and means with which people’s learning practices can be adapted to changing scenarios. Some of these scenarios are: changing job designs and talent requirements; the demand for creativity; the need for virtual teams and intercultural collaborations; and changing emotional competencies.

This topical volume includes contributions by scholars from across the world, and is of interest to scholars, practitioners and postgraduate students of psychology, organizational behaviour and human resource management.


About the author

Melinde Coetzee (DLitt et Phil) has been a Professor at the Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of South Africa since 2000. She has 14 years of experience in organisational development, skills development and HR management in the corporate setting, and has lectured on subjects such as Personnel, Career, Organisational and Managerial Psychology at the undergraduate, honours and master’s levels since 2000. Melinde is a professionally registered Industrial Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and a Master Human Resource Practitioner with the South African Board for People Practice (SABPP). She is Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Industrial Psychology (2014 to 2019) and has authored, co-authored or edited a number of national and international academic books. She has published in numerous accredited academic journals, and contributed several book chapters. Lastly, she has received several awards for excellence in research.

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