A forum exploring the impact of new technology on business was held by the University of Bolton.
The event delved into the effect automation and other technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and robotics is having on jobs, skills, operational structures and financial models.
Academics, research funders, practitioners and consultants joined to debate how businesses will respond to disruptive change on an unprecedented scale.
The Chinese delegates had been welcomed by Bill Dawson, Director of the Institute, and Martyn Shaw, the university’s Business Development Director.
Their four week visit to Bolton is part of an ongoing collaboration with Shanghai Municipal Government’s Education Commission.
The successful Future of Work Forum will directly inform how future ESRC funding in this area is spent, to ensure that it has a positive impact on the challenges and opportunities experienced by businesses across the UK.
It was the first pilot ESRC consultation exercise of its kind directly engaging with business and is an important step in giving regional businesses a voice to influence the nature and focus of research on the Future of Work.
The event was held with support from the North West Employee Engagement Group (NWEEG).
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