WEBINAR PROGRAMME

FREE WEBINARS featuring researchers and practitioners from across EUWIN’s network.

Background

In 2021/22, EUWIN ran a very successful series of webinars focused on important topics for workplace innovation, with participation from several European countries. These were invitation-only events, but in 2023/4 we’ve decided to strengthen and expand our community of workplace innovation practitioners and researchers by making our webinars open to everyone.

Here is the current programme. If you have further ideas for speakers or topics, please let us know.

All webinars run for one hour starting at 10.00 (Dublin; Lisbon; London) / 11.00 (Brussels; Madrid; Rome) / 12.00 (Athens; Bucharest; Vilnius).

Aims

This international programme of online events will share experiences and outcomes from current developments in research and practice from different European countries. It will build a network of researchers and practitioners designed to share knowledge and identify good practice in leadership and digital transformation.

Who should take part?

  • Scholars researching leadership, management and workplace innovation.
  • Practitioners in leadership development, organisational development, and culture change.
  • Leaders at every organisational level.
  • Consultants.

The Programme

2024

April
Friday 26th
10 – 11am UK

Cybersecurity and Workplace Innovation

Halvor Holtskog, Norwegian University of Science and Technology [ BOOK ]

Organisations experienced a 435% increase in ransomware in 2022, and the World Economic Forum’s cybersecurity report states that 95% of cyber incidents can be traced back to human errors. So how can organisations prepare themselves for cyberattacks, and what does a people-centred approach to cyber-resilience look like?

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) leads the national center for research-driven innovation in cyber security for critical sectors. The goal is to make Norway the most secure country in the world. Knowing that 95% of all security breaches are caused by human actions, organizational and innovation studies are important for the center. The talk will ask how a security breach will influence workplace innovation, and how to learn what to do in a critical situation. To illustrate this, the talk will concentrate on a real breach in a multinational company, giving the story more depth and a better understanding of the organisational mechanisms in play.

May
Friday 31st
10 – 11am UK

Work, Skill, and ‘the human’ at the centre of industry 5.0

Chris Land, Professor of Work and Organization at Anglia Ruskin University and director of the Centre for Research into the Organization of Work and Consumption [ BOOK ]

This webinar will consider what it means to put the human at the heart of Industry 5.0 and why it has been so hard to move innovation beyond the 19th century paradigm of techno-centrism. Realising the strategic advantages of Industry 5.0 requires organizations to understand what makes work human, and what is distinctively human about work: skill and skilful practice. As well as making work meaningful, skilful practice can be a powerful source of innovation but too often managers misrecognise skill, undervaluing employees. Realising the benefits of Industry 5.0 will require an ‘upskilling’ of management to move beyond an efficiency paradigm to recognise, reward and develop the skills that matter strategically today.

Chris Land is a Professor of Work and Organization at Anglia Ruskin University and director of the Centre for Research into the Organization of Work and Consumption. His research is concerned primarily with work, how work is changing, and how it intersects with technology, consumption and culture. His current focus is on ‘the future of work’ as imagined in science-fiction, high-tech engineering and ‘Industry 5.0’ in practice and in academic and policy discourses. Other projects include: the quality of work in neo-craft industries like craft brewing; wellbeing and its intersection with work; the position of coffee growers in global commodity chains.

All webinars run for one hour starting at 10.00 (Dublin; Lisbon; London) / 11.00 (Brussels; Madrid; Rome) / 12.00 (Athens; Bucharest; Vilnius).

PAST EVENTS

2024

January
Friday 26th
10 – 11am UK

The Dual Transformation and Workplace Innovation: The Case of The German Automotive Industry

Hajo Holst (Universität Osnabrück, Germany)

Workplace innovation has a long tradition in the German Automotive Industry. Inspired by Volvo’s experiments, German car companies throughout the 1980s and 1990s implemented various forms of participation-oriented forms of teamwork granting autonomy to shopfloor workers. Although work organisation has been modified during the last two to three decades, the automotive industry is still a stronghold of worker participation in Germany.

The webinar looks into current developments in the German automotive industry. How is the ongoing dual transformation of decarbonisation and digitalisation impacting workplace innovation for shopfloor workers? Based on case studies in German OEM and suppliers, the webinar will discuss a polarisation trend within workplace innovation. While the core workforces of OEM and large suppliers enjoy relatively stable forms of workplace innovation, the opportunities for contingent workers and the employees of suppliers are shrinking.

A recording of this webinar can be found on our recordings page.

February
Friday 23th
10 – 11am UK

Trade unions’ responses to Industry 4.0 amid corporatism and resistance

Valeria Cirillo (University of Bari)

The Introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies opens up a new space of action for trades unions in influencing decision-making at firm level. This webinar will shed light on the role and influence of trade unions on the adoption of new technologies, drawing on evidence from the engineering and automotive industrial district on the outskirts of Bologna.

Valeria Cirillo is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Political Science of the University of Bari and is an external affiliate of the Institute of Economics of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa.

A recording of this webinar can be found on our recordings page.

2023

September
Friday 29th
10 – 11am UK

How to digitalise your future? Start with better organising.

Steven Dhondt (TNO, NL)

The EUWIN network has been a loyal follower of the results of the European H2020 Beyond4.0 project. That project ended in March. The project has produced interesting results that support EUWIN’s thinking. One of the particular results is that companies that strengthen their ‘learning capacity’ perform better economically and socially as a result. Both the company and the employee benefit from such a strategy. The project produced even more interesting results. Steven Dhondt, as coordinator of the project, provides an overview of the main results in this webinar and outlines how EUWIN and the Bridges 5.0 project can benefit from them.

Steven Dhondt is fascinated by how workers and companies can find a common ground to improve performance. His research and actions are focused on understanding this topic.

A recording of this webinar can be found on our recordings page.

October
Friday 27th
10 – 11am UK

Workplace innovation in France: latest developments in Anact.

Ségolène Journoud & Karine Babule (Anact, France)

At a time of ecological, economic and societal transitions, it is more important than ever to place work at the heart of social and professional dialogue. ANACT, the French National Agency for the Improvement of Working Conditions, has been acting for 50 years to improve the quality of working life through a concerted approach to changes in the workplace. Today, the agency continues to help companies and public organisations to cope with professional transitions with innovative methods and tools designed on the basis of pilot projects. In this webinar, we will focus on its gender mainstreaming approach, which enables companies to take into account the different work situations of women and men in order to integrate equality issues into organisational transitions, such as the introduction of hybrid work.

Ségolène JOURNOUD and Karine BABULE are in charge with international projects at Anact, helping companies improve their quality of working life.

A recording of this webinar can be found on our recordings page.

November
Friday 24th
10 – 11am UK

Workplace Innovation Industry 5.0 Style.

Peter Oeij (TNO, NL)

Peter Oeij will present his vision on ‘workplace innovation’ and present the recently published book ‘Workplace innovation: the challenge of disruptive transitions’. Subscribed participants to this webinar will get a 50% discount voucher of the book, published by Edward Elgar publishers in the Elgar Research Agenda series.

Peter Oeij is associated with TNO Innovation for Life – the Netherlands, and motivated to improve the quality of work for all of us. He can be reached at peter.oeij@tno.nl

A recording of this webinar can be found on our recordings page.

Bridging human & digital potential. Bridges 5.0 creates a unique consortium based on active collaboration between researchers, 8 EU industrial companies, 9 Industry 4.0 ecosystems, and the main EU social partners. See https://bridges5-0.eu

EUWIN (the European Workplace Innovation Network) is a community of researchers and practitioners from business, public policy, research and social partner organisations. Its remit is to promote workplace practices that lead to simultaneous improvements in organisational performance and quality of working life for employees. First established by the European Commission in 2013, EUWIN is now funded and managed by a network of international partners. See www.euwin.net

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