The future of digital working: knowledge migration and learning

Irene Malcolm*

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    Against the backdrop of intensified migration linked to globalisation, this article considers the implications of knowledge migration for future digital workers. It draws empirically on a socio-material analysis of the international software localisation industry. Localisers' work requires linguistic, cultural and software engineering skills to adapt digital products to be marketed worldwide. The article addresses the problem of the need for better understanding of knowledge practices in digital working and offers new insights by examining work and learning against the theoretical question of how knowledge migrates. Drawing on the writing of sociologist Karin Knorr Cetina, it illustrates how workers reformulate knowledge and practise visibility through object relations that support learning. The article concludes with five recommendations for incorporating insights gained through this analysis in education.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)449-467
    Number of pages19
    JournalLearning, Media and Technology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • digital society
    • Knorr Cetina
    • knowledge migration
    • professional learning
    • technology

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Media Technology


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