RESEARCH STREAMS AND PROJECTS
Change in technology, business, the economy, and society - such as cognitive computing, globalization, flexible work spaces, and an ageing population - all shape the ‘what/how’, ‘where/when, and ‘who’ of work. This research stream focuses on how work is changing, and in particular, addresses the question: ‘what is the role of work design in delivering the benefits (or mitigating against the detriments) of radical change occurring in work and society?'
Traditional work design research focuses on how well-designed jobs are motivating and healthy; an important perspective that we continue with here. But we also go further to assess how work design might facilitate adult growth. We investigate the potentially powerful role of work design in preventing cognitive decline, fostering moral reasoning, and promoting identity change.
Via a new national longitudinal study, we address two key questions: ‘what is the role of work design in accelerating individual learning a