Project Information

Ch@nge Ruhr: A Future hub for SMEs in the Ruhr area – supporting work-oriented design in digital transformation processes

Presently, companies have to deal with a variety of challenges during the implementation of digitalization processes. Both company concerns and requirements (e.g. competitiveness, innovation potential) as well as the interests and demands of employees for 'good work' must be taken into account in order to make digitization sustainable and socially innovative. However, SMEs often have only limited capacities and resources for such a comprehensive, holistic implementation of digitalization processes.

This is where the "Ch@nge Ruhr" project comes in: The aim is to strengthen the resources and competences of SMEs to foster a work- and employment-oriented implementation of digitization processes in regional companies. To this end, existing expertise and competences in the Ruhr region need to be increasingly bundled and made accessible to SMEs in a future hub. In close cooperation with consultants and multipliers and rooted in practice-oriented research results of labour science, social partnership in consulting and transfer concepts will be further developed, taking into account the practical challenges and support needs of SMEs. Learning journeys and the presentation of successful transformation stories will be offered in order to make digital technologies and transformation processes directly tangible for SMEs in a practical way.

The project is jointly processed by the Institute for Work and Technology (IAT; doing the coordination), the Office of Cooperation RUB/IG Metall and the Social Research Centre (sfs) of the TU Dortmund University. It focuses on different sectors (industry/production, logistics, health). As a project partner, the IAQ is processing on industry/production sector.


Dr. Erich Latniak: Arbeitsorientierte Beratung - Input zur Diskussion. Workspace Beratung - Zur arbeitsorientierten Beratung in der Region Ruhr, Mensa Foyer der RuhrUniversität Bochum, RUB / IAT / sfs / IAQ, 02.06.2022

Dr. Erich Latniak: Digitalisierung gemeinsam gestalten – Handlungsempfehlungen für ein sozialpartnerschaftlich orientiertes, partizipatives Vorgehen. Lernreise-Workshop im Rahmen des ChangeRuhr-Projekts, virtuell, 28.04.2022  Weitere Informationen

Paul-Fiete Kramer: ChangeRuhr – Zukunfts-HUB für KMU zur arbeitsorientierten Gestaltung des digitalen Wandels im Ruhrgebiet. Lernreise Visit and Work – Durchblick im Digitalisierungsdschungel im Rahmen des ChangeRuhr-Projekts, virtuell, 28.04.2022  Weitere Informationen

Paul-Fiete Kramer, Denise Becka (Institut Arbeit und Technik, Westfälische Hochschule); Dr. Melanie Roski (Sozialforschungsstelle, TU Dortmund); Marvin Schäfer (Gemeinsame Arbeitsstelle RUB/IGM, Ruhr-Universität Bochum): Ch@nge Ruhr - Zukunfts-Hub für KMU: Arbeitsorientierte Gestaltung des digitalen Wandels. Auftaktveranstaltung zum Projekt "Ch@nge Ruhr - Zukunfts-Hub für KMU: Arbeitsorientiere Gestaltung des digitalen Wandels". Virtuell. IAT (Westfälische Hochschule), IAQ (Universität Duisburg-Essen), sfs (TU Dortmund), Gemeinsame Arbeitsstelle RUB/IGM und Lehrstuhl für Produktionssysteme (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), 23.04.2021  Weitere Informationen

Project data

Term of the project:
01.10.2020 - 30.11.2022

Reseach department:
Working-Time and Work Organisation

Project management:
Dr. Erich Latniak

Project team:
Dr. Erich Latniak, Paul-Fiete Kramer

Ministerium für Arbeit, Gesundheit und Soziales des Landes NRW

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