Keynote – Exciting Times for Work Design Theory and Research: Some New Discoveries and Directions

The EAWOP 2019 Congress will welcome a keynote presentation by Prof. Sharon Parker* on work design. We have a short preview of her presentation:

The importance of designing work to mitigate against psychosocial risks and to enhance performance has been of considerable interest for a long time. But with digitalization, new organisational forms, an ageing workforce, increases in mental ill health in the population, as well as other changes, the topic of work design is arguably more important than ever. In this presentation, I will recap on what we know about work design already, and introduce the SMART work design model as a way to summarize key work characteristics. I will then identify several emerging research agendas and provide illustrative studies, including the need to adapt theory to meet contemporary challenges; the neglected long-term effects of work quality; and the antecedents of work design. Finally, I conclude with an introduction to the Centre for Transformative Work Design (transformativeworkdesign.com)“.

*Brief Bio:

Sharon K. Parker is an ARC Laureate Fellow, a Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Curtin Faculty of Business and Law, an Honorary fellow at the University of Western Australia, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield where she was previously Director at the Institute of Work Psychology. She is a recipient of the ARC’s Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award, and the Academy of Management OB Division Mentoring Award. Her research focuses particularly on job and work design, and she is also interested in employee performance and development, especially their proactive behaviour. She is the Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design. She has published more than 100 internationally refereed articles, including publications in top tier journals.