Main theme

In the past 20 years, the world of work has experienced socio-economic changes and sometimes political disturbances. These have led to numerous adaptations in organizations. At a world-wide level, issues such as environmental deterioration, climate change, sustainable development, aging of the population, health challenges, reduction of inequities, gender issues, promotion of circular and local economy and short or long-term impact of technologies, have become the focus of attention.

Privates companies and public sector organizations are, and will be, challenged by these societal issues. In addition, they will also have to anticipate these challenges to prevent negative economic or industrial impact, as well as risks for safety and public health.

We need new thinking regarding the operation and the roles of organization. New models of management have emerged, following increased demands for workplace democracy.

More recently, the health crisis, the constraints it generated and the opportunities it offered have resulted in transforming the organization of workplaces and work schedules. Additionally, unpredictability due to international threats have affected companies and their operations.

Thus, organizations are increasingly affected by societal transitions and political issues. Changes need to be made regarding technical and organizational processes, procedures, allocation of tasks and distribution of roles, functional relations between services, locus and processes of decision making, etc. Beyond processes and structures, the activity of all workers is impacted, including that of managers. Managers are the main actors of these changes and their work changes too.

Until now, the discipline of Human Factors/Ergonomics has paid little attention to the work of managers. Most HFE studies that consider managers see them as the designers of working conditions. Consequently, the approach of HFE specialists often aims at providing managers with a better view on the work of employees, starting from the assumption, or the belief, that managers do not really know what workers actually do and are unaware of the effect of their decisions on the activity of workers.This assumption is fueled by recent observation regarding the increasing distance between managers and their teams: managers are busy with multiple management and documentation tasks, which are influenced by performance scoring systems, and are not evaluated on their abilities to support the work of their teams. Their own working conditions and their own activity are rarely investigated.

In the context of societal transitions, work should be at the core of discussion about the organization and management of companies and services. The goal is to better understand the impact of ongoing and future transformations on work, working conditions and management, and to identify the challenges and opportunities they provide to organizations and our HFE intervention models. How could HFE better support organizations and workers, managers included, so that they are actors of societal transitions?

ODAM 2023 welcomes contributions and experiences on this global topic and more specifically on:

Call for proposals

Impact of societal transitions on work, working conditions and management

Methods, tools and experiences for supporting organizational changes and societal transitions

Analysis of and support to the work of managers

More generally, you are welcome to contribute to any of the following topics:

Tools & Methods

  • Work analysis 

  • Activity theory 

  • Socio-technical systems analysis

  • Intervention studies

  • Macro-ergonomics

  • Risk management 

  • Simulations

  • Quality Improvement 

Organization

& Management

  • Societal transitions

  • Work of managers

  • Work systems design 

  • Participatory ergonomics 

  • Organizational culture

  • Organizational and technological change

  • Learning organizations

  • Work organization

  • Sustainable development

  • Aging of the population

  • Health challenges

  • Reduction of inequities

  • Gender issues

Application Areas

  • Health care 

  • Service industries 

  • Manufacturing industries

  • Knowledge-intensive companies

  • Psycho-social aspects 

  • Sustainability 

  • Small and medium sized enterprises