Category Archives: Work

Creativity: The Influence of Cultural, Social, and Work Contexts

The present article aims to answer the question of whether creativity is universal or culture-specific. We develop a conceptual framework that expands the existing knowledge in two ways. First, it distinguishes between the two dimensions of creativity – novelty and … Continue reading

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Stigmergy in Human Practice: Coordination in Complex Work

Stigmergy is a concept of coordination that may be employed to analyse human practice in complex work settings such as the building process. However, the concept of stigmergy was not originally developed in order to describe human practice, rather it … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism at Work

Organizational decision-makers increasingly promote neoliberal work practices, which emphasize market processes and unrestricted deployment of organizational resources, as a means to optimize economic performance in an intensely competitive environment. A growing number of sociologists have raised questions about their tactics … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when no one has the Time

In her attempts to juggle work and family life, Brigid Schulte has baked cakes until 2 a.m., frantically but surreptitiously sent important emails during school trips and then worked long into the night after her children were in bed. Realising … Continue reading

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Young dropouts get the most work injuries

If we want to prevent work injuries among young people, we shouldn’t stereotype young people into a single group using only age as a factor. There are great differences in how the various groups of youths are injured at work. … Continue reading

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Nothing in common – The career aspirations of young people mapped against projected labour market demand

This paper asks a simple question: is there any alignment between the career aspirations of young people, aged between 13 and 18, and the best estimates of actual demand within the current and future labour market? The question is relevant … Continue reading

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About the Future of Work

Organizations are beginning to understand they need to invest in and cultivate the “ideas” in their workplace as a routine part of their work; ideas are to be managed with different methods than the industrial processes that allow you to … Continue reading

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From teams to knots: Activity-Theoretical Studies of Collaboration and Learning at Work

Teams are commonly celebrated as efficient and humane ways of organizing work and learning. By means of a series of in-depth case studies of teams in the United States and Finland over a time span of more than ten years, … Continue reading

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Work, Learning and Freedom

Noam Chomsky outlines a libertarian perspective on work and education, arguing that freedom is the root of creativity and fulfillment. If I had the time I would spend far more time doing work on language, philosophy, cognitive science, topics that … Continue reading

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Cognition and Communication at Work

This book brings together contributions from researchers within various social science disciplines who seek to redefine the methods and topics that constitute the study of work. They investigate work activity in ways that do not reduce it to a “psychology” … Continue reading

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