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Humanising work and people management in the digital age

Publish Date: 23.12.2022

Category: Outstanding research achievements, Interdisciplinary research, Our contribution to sustainable development goals

Sustainable development goals: 3 Good health and well-being, 8 Decent work and economic growth, 10 Reduced inequalities, 11 Sustainable cities and communities, 12 Responsible consumption and production, 13 Climate action, 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions (Indicators)

Digitalisation has opened up new opportunities for working from home, or for employees to take their work home, which has further affected the work/leisure balance in Slovenia in recent years and even decades. The digitalised working environment brings many advantages (flexibility, independence, effectiveness, lower costs) to employers and employees, but also many challenges. Formal employment is increasingly unstable, and pressures for worker flexibility and constant connectivity through technology lead to stress and difficulties in reconciling work and leisure or work and family life.

A series of articles published in influential journals in the fields of organisational sciences/management, organisational psychology and business informatics (which in itself points to the interdisciplinary nature of the topic examined) considers approaches to making the workplace and work itself more human in the digital age or with technology. Specifically, the articles provide an overview of the field of management and leadership development; the characteristics and processes of individuals performing digital labour (specifically, mindfulness and optimism), and explicitly address the idea of how digitalisation can help reduce CO2 emissions while maintaining or even improving human processes and their personal value propositions by eliminating environmentally harmful activities and at the same time preserving or even enhancing humans’ fundamental value proposition.


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Figure 1: Currently the most popular sub-fields of research in leadership development. Source: Matej Černe.

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Figure 2: Connection between humans and technology. Source: School of Economics and Business research portal.


Izr. prof. dr. Matej Černe


Trkman, P., Černe, M. (2022). Humanising digital life: reducing emissions while enhancing value-adding human processes. International journal of information management, 63, 102443.

Bunjak, A., Hafenbrack, A., Černe, M., Arendt, J. F. W. (2022). Better to be optimistic, mindful, or both? The interaction between optimism, mindfulness, and task engagement. Journal of occupational and organizational psychology, 95(3), 595–623.

Vogel, B., Reichard, R. J., Batistič, S., Černe, M. (2021). A bibliometric review of the leadership development field. The leadership quarterly, 23(5), 101386.







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