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AHRI/Monash University One-Day International Symposium

Date: Thursday 11 Apr 2019
Time 9:00AM - 5:30PM
Venue: AHRI
Level 4
575 Bourke Street
Price: AHRI Members - 40.00
Non Members - 50.00
CPD: 7.00
Enquiries: Phone: 03 9918 9243

AHRI/Monash University One-Day International Symposium

Digitalization, artificial intelligence and gig jobs: Implications for the future of business, employment, regulation and work, in a global economy

International Consortium for Research in Employment and Work (iCREW),
and Ethical Regulation Research Network (ERRN)

Centre for Global Business, Monash Business School, Monash University 

In collaboration with
Australian HR Institute
School of Labor Relations and Human Resources, Renmin University of China

This topical one-day international symposium will focus on the impact of digitalisation, artificial intelligence (AI) and gig jobs on the future of employment, employability, industrial relations, work and labour regulation across different economic, industrial and occupational settings.

The symposium will bring together leading researchers and practitioners in employment relations, HR and labour regulation from Australia, China, the United Kingdom and other countries. They will discuss the latest developments in the application of digital technology, AI and algorithmic decision-making by employers and how these impact skills, work, employment relations and labour regulation in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and beyond, including national regulations and practices, international influences, as well as global trends, challenges and lessons.


9:00-9:15am:   Registration (tea/coffee available)

Co-Chairs:   Professors Greg J. Bamber and Fang Lee Cooke, Monash Business School

9:15-9:45am:   Introductory Remarks 

          Lyn Goodear, CEO, Australian HR Institute
          Professor Greg Bamber, Monash Business School
          Professor Weiguo Yang, Dean, School of Labor Relations and Human Resources, Renmin University, China

Chair   Professor Jimmy Donaghey, Monash Business School

9:45-10:15am: Presenter: Professor Michael Brooks, Hertfordshire Business School, UK
          Title: The impact of platform work upon employment, employability and employment relations as well as its potential contribution to the community wealth building agenda.

10:15-10:45am: Presenters: Professor Ariadne Vromen, University of Sydney; Dr Joshua Healy and Dr Andreas Pekarek, both University of Melbourne
            Title: Consumers and work in the gig economy: Dead end or High Road?

10:45-11.05am: Tea/coffee Break

Chair:      Professor Michelle Welsh, Coordinator, Ethical Regulation Research Group, Centre for Global Business

11:05-11:35am:  Presenter: Adjunct Professor Geoff McGill, Monash Business School
             Title: The future of work through the lens of systems leadership theory

11:35-12:05pm:  Presenter: Dr Catrina Denvir, Monash University, Australia 
              Title: From robo-resistance to robo-lawyer: The impact of digital transformation on the legal profession
12:05-12:35pm:      Presenter: Associate Professor Kai Liu and Professor Weiguo Yang, Renmin University, China 
             Title: Effect of workers’ involvement into the sharing economy on their enrollment in social insurance programs: Evidence from China

12.35-1:30pm:    Lunch 

Chair:      Professor Chongwoo Choe, Monash Business School

1:30-2:00pm:      Presenter: Associate Professors Liqiu Zhao, Nanfeng Luo, Weiguo Yang, Qingjun Wu Renmin University, China
             Title: Are there returns to experience for gig workers: Evidence from food delivery riders in China

2:00-2:30pm:      Presenter: Professor Geoffrey Wood, University of Sussex, UK
             Title: Events beyond existing experiences and the firm

2:30-3:00pm:      Presenter: Professor Peter Turnbull, University of Bristol, UK
             Title: The menace of an open market in a digital age: capital and labour mobility in the European Union

3:00-3:20pm:      Coffee/tea break 

Chair:              Dr Marjorie Jerrard, Monash Business School

3:20-3:50pm:     Presenter: Tim Lyons, Research Fellow, Per Capita, Australia 
             Title: What is the organising potential of AI for workers and unions?

3:50-4:20pm:       Presenter: Professor Fang Lee Cooke, Monash Business School, Australia
             Title: Digitalisation and decent work 

4:20-4:50pm:       Presenter: Professor Simon Wilkie, Dean, Monash Business School
             Title: Digital transformation and global markets

4:50-5:10pm:      Concluding discussion and reflections by participants.

5:10-5:20pm:        Closing remarks: Professors Weiguo Yang and Greg J. Bamber

For more information, click here or see:

The speakers, timings or topics may be updated.

Registration Fees:

$50 non-members
$40 AHRI / Monash Uni Members
$20 full time students, unwaged or retirees

To register at the discounted $20 rate, you must provide official documentary evidence that qualify for this rate. If you're eligible for the discounted $20 rate, email the evidence to: cpdevents@ahri.com.au to register.

If you're a Monash Uni member email from your Monash email address to: cpdevents@ahri.com.au to receive the code to access the $40 price

If you have any dietary requirements please email the AHRI CPD Events team: cpdevents@ahri.com.au

iCREW Co-Directors/Seminar co-hosts: Professors Greg J. Bamber and Fang Lee Cooke

Symposium logistics - AHRI CPD Events:
andrew.whyte@ahri.com.au, cpdevents@ahri.com.au

CPD - Continuing Professional Development


Registration is a 2-part process.

  • Sign in with your username and password* and click ‘REGISTER MYSELF’
  • To finalise your registration, click ‘PROCEED TO CHECKOUT’, confirm all details are correct and enter your credit card details. Click ‘SUBMIT ORDER’
  • You will receive an automatic email and receipt to confirm your registration.

    *If you do not have an existing AHRI account, please select ‘create a new account’ and follow the prompts before following the registration steps above.

    *When creating an account with AHRI to register for this event, your personal details will not be shared with any third parties and are held securely by AHRI.

    Register ASAP before Monday 8 April 2019

    Enquiries: email the AHRI CPD Events Team or phone 03 9918 9243

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