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Call for papers for special issue of NJWLS:

Work organisation and technology – strategy, negotiation and application

Team of special issue editors: Tuomo Alasoini (TEKES) and Arja Haapakorpi (University of Helsinki)

A special issue to be published in 2017. Dead line for full papers 15th May 2017. Full papers should be submitted to: bo@nordicwl.dk

The aim of the special issue is to discuss theoretical approaches, to present results and conclusions of empirical studies and to promote research on the relationship and interaction between work organisation and technology. The special issue is planned to be published at the end of 2017.

Work organisation is an outcome of many intersecting tendencies, relations and structures, in which technology is embedded. Decisions concerning technological applications derive from managerial strategies, but they are also influenced by institutional characteristics, macro- and microeconomic factors, skills and competences of the labour force and industrial relations. As a consequence of management’s strategic decisions concerning new technological applications, labour divisions are reshaped, job descriptions are redesigned, qualification requirements are redefined, learning opportunities and limitations are reconstructed and wellbeing of employees is influenced. Changes in the division of labour and redesign of job descriptions give rise to new opportunities and threats among the labour force. For example, companies’ personnel policies may enhance learning opportunities and job contents across the board, or, alternatively, lead to increasing stratification between those employees with high skills, on the one hand, and those with lower skills, on the other hand.  Through the adoption of new technological applications, work organisations may also support wellbeing of the staff. Industrial relations shape the introduction, adoption and outcomes of technology applications, but also the manner in which new technologies are utilized may lead to changes in industrial relations through transformation of job descriptions and demarcations and the division of labour.

As a consequence of new automatized and digital computer-based technology, new, and in some cases radical, approaches to the redesign of work and the organisation of work are ongoing. The complex relationships between human action and new technological opportunities may lead to multiple outcomes concerning the work organisation.

We call a variety of papers dealing with work organisation and technology: theoretical, policy-oriented, and empirical studies concerning different sectors of work life.

Guidelines for the abstracts: send a synopsis (1/2-1 page of resumé of the content of the article) including following: theoretical approach, methodology, main results and conclusions. Add 3-5 key words. (Updated 10-11-2016)


NJWLS publishes an issue every quarter: in March, June, September and December. Some of these issues have special themes included, others have not. Special issues may be published separately as well. Such a special issue was issued in October 2015 (and will be published in February 2016).

You can find a list of the current  issue in the column on the left side of this page. In the tool bar you can search all the individual issues via the button “Issues”.

In 2015 we published a total of 30 peer-reviewed articles, 3 commentaries and 4 book-reviews in 5 separate issues, the October issue being a special thematic issue. We expect to publish similarly this year.

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