Starting point of this paper is the prevailing view in the digitization discourse that there is currently a pronounced technology push with disruptive consequences for work. The article assumes, however, that disruptive and structural change is by no means to be found and expected in all economic sectors and working segments. The thesis of this paper is that the digitization of work in the industrial sector is combined with a markedly path-dependent change of work. It is shown empirically that path dependence can be identified by incremental digitization measures in most companies and a related structuralconservative change of work. To explain these findings conceptual considerations of organizational path dependence are used which emphasize the mechanism of self-reinforcing increasing returns. However, this does not exclude the possibility of fundamental change. Therefore, the conditions of a longer-term change of work are discussed finally.