I am an economic sociologist with research interests in the ongoing transformations of well-established manufacturing sectors – such as the automotive or the machine building industries – and their broader societal impacts. This includes: a global value chains perspective on “digitalization”; changing transnational divisions of labor in Europe and beyond; and industrial upgrading processes in various emerging countries.
Prior to starting my research work at the WZB, I studied sociology, East European studies, cultural studies, and philosophy in Germany (Freie Universität Berlin), Poland (University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University), and Singapore (Nanyang Technological University). Since June 2020, I am a research fellow in international industrial relations at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg.
Humphrey, J., & Lechowski, G. (2020). Lieferschock, Nachfragekrise, Technologiewandel. Die Pandemie kann die europäische Autoindustrie nachhaltig verändern. WZB Mitteilungen, 168, 60-62.
Humphrey, J., & Lechowski, G. (2020). COVID-19 and European Industry: Global Shocks, Local Shocks and Value-Chain Restructuring. Coronavirus and its Societal Impact – Highlights from WZB Research.
Lechowski, G., & Krzywdzinski, M. (2020, forthcoming). Digitalization and new technological interdependencies in the German manufacturing equipment sector. SASE Virtual Conference 2020.
Lechowski, G., & Krzywdzinski, M. (2019). Governing “digital transformation” through transnational technological standards. Paper presented at the SASE conference, The New School, New York City.
Lechowski, G., & Krzywdzinski, M. (2019). Industriestrukturen im Umbruch. WZB-Mitteilungen, H. 163, Sonderausgabe zu 50 Jahre WZB: “in touch. Forschung und Gesellschaft”, pp. 64-65 (see English version here).
Krzywdzinski, M., Lechowski, G., & Mählmeyer, V. (2019). Lean work and gender inequalities: manufacturing consent at a multinational car plant in provincial Russia. Global Labour Journal, 10(2), 123-141.
Lechowski, G. (2018). Beyond “dependent development” in a high-tech industry? The interplay between domestic institutions and transnational sectoral governance in the trajectories of emerging Polish IT firms. Discussion Paper SP III 2018–302. WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Berlin, pp. 1-38.
Krzywdzinski, M., Lechowski, G., & Jürgens, U. (2018). The inevitability of change in Chinese and Indian automakers’ low cost productive models. La Nouvelle Revue du Travail, 12, pp. 1-20.