Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2020, 68, 637-644
Published online 2020-07-01

Industry 4.0: an Employee Perception (Case of the Czech Republic)

Nikola Soukupová, Markéta Adamová, Růžena Krninská

Department of Management, Faculty of Economics, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Studentská 13, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Received February 3, 2020
Accepted April 20, 2020

Considering the fact that the initiative Industry 4.0 started in the Czech Republic in 2016, it is still a relatively unexplored topic. However, there is a significant lack of researches, which examines the perception of Industry 4.0 by employees whose jobs are directly threatened by Industry 4.0. The aim of the paper was found out how Czech employees perceive Industry 4.0 and whether a general pattern can be created for a group of employees who perceive it as a potential threat to their existence based on their characteristics (age, gender, education, and the job position). Information about this initiative is often tendentiously presented by media, even managers don't have precise information about the benefits and outcomes of Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 from the employees' point of view is connected with job loss or substitution of human work by robots. And this state might build barriers to implementation Industry 4.0.


The paper was supported by Faculty of Economics, the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice within the project IGS28C1: “Vzájemné vazby v systému BSC v rámci řízení podniku.”


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