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Curtin Corner: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and its Impact on Skills, Training and Learning

Event Details
Council Chambers, Building 100, Level 3, Curtin Perth Campus
23 August 2019 4:00 pm

Technological innovation is seen as an engine for long-run sustainable economic development and a driver of productivity growth. It is also widely accepted that the disruptive impacts of technology are amplified by their interaction with each other in the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0 or i4.0). Collectively, this has important implications for employment and training, particularly the demand for specific skills and capabilities. The extent to which advanced technologies and business model innovation are more disruptive than changes that have taken place during previous periods of technological and economic change is a subject of considerable contestation. At the centre of this are wildly divergent views about the potential impact of automation and artificial intelligence on occupational and skills demand.

The focus of this presentation is to provide insights into the potential implications for skills and training from digital disruption associated with Industry 4.0 from the perspective of industry (technology users) and innovators (technology producers). In particular, it will focus on what lessons Australian Small-to-Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) can learn from research conducted in the Australian advanced manufacturing and information technology (IT) sectors, which are the industrial sectors identified as most likely to be significantly affected by disruptive technologies.

About the Speaker

Pi-Shen is the Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the School of Business and Law at ECU. He enjoys teaching on the ECU MBA program, mainly in the MBA capstone unit and units in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialisation. He is currently Deputy Director of the Centre for Work and Organisational Performance (CWOP) and was formerly the School’s Director of Accreditation and a member of the ECU Innovation Steering Committee. 

He has published widely in aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation and management in the Asia-Pacific.  He has led and secured Australian Category 1, 2, 3 and 4 research grants as well as international research funding. He has also been successful in securing New Colombo Plan funding for student exchanges and internships. Since 2017, he has been a Western Australian Rhodes Scholarship Network Advisor and has been a Judge and mentor for various hackathons for high schools in the Perth metropolitan area as well as finalist teams of The Australian Big Idea Social Innovation competition. A PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics) graduate from Oxford University, he completed his PhD at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and he has previously held positions at Flinders University and the University of Adelaide.


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Posted 19 August 2019