Towards a Feasible New Economy of Innovative and Healthy Work

 April 28, 2016

Our team working on occupational psychosocial risks holds an international and interdisciplinary Conference which central objective is to discuss the developments in the economy in terms of innovation and protection of health. The goal is to give an approach and a more specific and concrete structure to this area that could be used in the future within the scientific community and the socioeconomic actors.

Four main themes will be addressed:

Theme 1: Youth, Work and Smart Employment Dynamics;

Theme 2: Aging Workforce, Work Stress Social Costs, and Healthy Work Re-design;

Theme 3: A Micro-focus: Managing Companies in an Economy of Innovation and Health;

Theme 4: A Macro-focus: Political Economy of Innovation and Health, New Institutions, and Value Transitions.

In an interdisciplinary manner, the Conference will address issues of social environmental risks that force us to look beyond our material-based market economy – with the fast increase of economic inequalities or the global climate threats – and then explore new economic benefits that could come from alternative social organizations for work and economy.  A direct focus on the joint productivity and health consequences of the social organization of work and economy encourages us to address new areas of benefits and costs: to workers, to customers, to organizations, and to society as a whole.

The Conference will contribute to a renewed definition of “New Economy” building bridges between different economic logics, to understand the links between work organization and psychosocial disorders.

The Conference will involve leading international experts from various fields, stakeholders in occupational health and in management and Professor Robert Karasek, father of the work-related stress assessment model "Job Demand / Control" and major figure in research on occupational health. Created in 1979, the “Karasek model” is the model primarily used worldwide for over 30 years in stress, mental health at work and work organization in both the scientific work and the actions of identification and prevention carried out by the actors of occupational health and safety. For this conference, that model is substantially expanded and generalized.

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Last update Tuesday 05 April 2016