Freelancing in the Economy 4.0: How Information Technology Can (Really) Help

Freelancing in the Economy 4.0: How Information Technology Can (Really) Help

Simone Scalabrino (University of Molise, Italy), Salvatore Geremia (University of Molise, Italy), Remo Pareschi (University of Molise, Italy), Marcello Bogetti (University of Turin, Italy) and Rocco Oliveto (University of Molise, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2897-5.ch013


In the last years social media are increasing their importance in the context of digital freelancing by letting companies offer projects to external professionals through the Web. However, the available platforms for digital freelancing are still far from supporting the ecosystem of companies and professionals during the implementation of complex projects through an accurate definition of the required skills, roles, interdependencies and responsibilities. This chapter presents a roundup of the available systems of support to freelancers. The goal is to identify the essential features and structure of a comprehensive social media able to effectively manage and support the potential of an “economy 4.0” characterized by a free and flexible circulation of highly skilled professionals, that can be aggregated to support the needs of organizations.
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This section provides background information on both the use of information technology for freelancing and recommendation systems, a vital ingredient to improve the effectiveness of social media in the freelancing economy.

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