Experts day

Day 1 - Expert Day: Exploring New Combinations:Foundations for a New Economy of Innovative & Healthy Work

The Goal for the Expert Day -not open to the public- is to explore the New Combinations of Inputs and Outputs from our social and economic systems which could increase the utility of a New Economy idea which has a work-organization, psychosocial basis.

We expect that the real power of this conference program derives from its COMBINATION of potential new PRODUCTIVITY advantages with new HEALTH advantages - and then reviewing their EFFECTIVENESS and FEASIBILITY in this combined form. We expect this combination of these new approaches to have much more utility than they have separately - as they almost always so far appear in the research literature and in our “specialist” discussions.  In terms of Effectiveness and Feasibility, this means that both "How To" issues - for the Combinations - at both the Micro and Macro levels - must be addressed: i.e. both the Organization level and Political Economy/Institutional Policy level.

Plan of The Expert Day Participative Discussion Sessions  

To give each participant the most complete opportunity to integrate the Productivity, Health, and Effectiveness topics, we have the following plan (See attached Day Schedule Table):

         A. Every expert participant will have the opportunity to make a short presentation in the Sessions about their own research area and their ideas for the session.

         B. Every expert will have the chance to be a part of three small-group dialogues (and one plenary discussion):

(a) TWO Dialogue/Linkage sessions on Productivity and Health Content,

(b) ONE Session on Feasibility “How-To” Session at the micro or macro level,

(c) A Plenary, Overall Integration Session.  

I. Content Combination Sessions: Linking Productivity and Health perspectives – upon a new work-organization, psychosocial base.

 The first two Expert participatory sessions focus on “Content Combinations.” The first Content Combination Session starts with topics on Productivity first and then adds the Health topics. The second Content Combination Session explores these same Linkages but in reverse order: the session starts with topics on Health first, and then adds the Productivity issues.

Expert’s Contributions

In the multiple discussion session, the Expert Day explores many linkages through the multiple eyes of our many experts – but all will be asked to focus attention on the Social and Psychological costs and benefits of work organization and economic structure – and all also comparing these new approaches to our standard market economic cost/benefit analytic frameworks and conclusions reached in these same areas.   

The real goal for all of the “Content Combination Sessions is to engage the expertise of all of the participants to sketch out the linkages between these New forms of Productivity (i.e. Conducive Production, and related topics) and Health (work and social stress –related illness risks/developmental wellbeing) - that move our understanding and solution space beyond those accessible to our conventional market analytic categories.  

Each Session starts by allowing each expert to “speak out” about their own “Content” focus on their “home-turf,” telling about: (a) his/her research contributions and their  (b) viewpoints about “how to Bridge the Gaps” needed to attain in our conference goal.

THUS, EACH EXPERT CHOOSES BEFORE the Conference one of TWO “orientations” as his/her Home-Group for the Content Sessions:  

1. “I am mainly a Productivity Home-Group person” (Theme 1 Conducive Economy), and have secondary Health interests (Theme 2 Stress/Health)  (Organization/management persons are also in this group).

         - OR – (the opposite):

2. “I am mainly a Health Home-Group person” (Theme 2 Stress/Health), and have secondary Productivity (Conducive Economy) interests.  (Social policy persons are also in this group).

         (This dichotomy is truly a “multiple over-simplification,” but it supports our special conference structure).

In each person’s Home-Group session (Only) - the participant gets a 5-10 minute opportunity to “make a presentation,” (let us say 3 PPTS).  In the alternate session the participant will be a “listener,” while the other set of Home-Group participants speaks.

In all cases the Content Combination Sessions (1 and 2) will combine both Conducive Productivity and Stress/Health issues together, simply in a different order and priority.  

Each Content session will last 1½ hours, with half of the time devoted to the participant presentations and half devoted to the discussion of the “linkages.” (Thus, we plan to hold to parallel sets of sessions (Group A and Group B) to allow both sufficient presentation and discussion time in the small group sessions (each Sessions 1 and 2 Group should be about 12/15 persons).  

II. "How-To-Do-It:" Session 3:

Each participant will select one of these Two “How-To” Theme areas for their Session #3: Micro-level: Theme 3, or Macro level Theme 4.  Both Themes deal with the processes and implications: of managing organizations in the New Economy (Theme 3), or of addressing the new political-economic challenges and institutional policies implied by the New Economy approach (Theme 4).  (We will have four separate small groups of about 6 to 8 persons each: two each from Groups A and B).

III: Integrating Plenary: Session 4: All Participants 

A. Each of the above eight small group discussion sessions - four Content Combinations sessions and four How-To sessions - will report the briefly the linkages found in that session (i.e. via a single summary PPT slide).

B. Then follows open the Plenary Discussion, with all Expert participants discussing the results. We review linkages from Two Content areas and Two How-To-Areas:  the how-to's of Theme 3 and Theme 4, each in turn built upon integrated psychosocial Health and Productivity understanding of Theme’s 1 and 2.  We will search for some synthesis/summary of these combinations.

C. At the end of this review we will ask our “economist” participants to tell us where we stand on the pathway to a Parallel or Complementary New Economy with respect to our current global market economy.

Are the new Productivity and Health aspects of a New Economy – as we have discussed them - the same, or complementary, or contradictory with the current market economy?  Are the aspects of the New Economy – so far reviewed - internally consistent with each other? What is missing?

D. Co-chairpersons Loic Lerouge and Robert Karasek will "summarize" this all in the last 30 minutes on this day's Session 4.

They will lead discussion about the next practical steps along this path. For Example: shall there be a EU COST proposal, or a second meeting organized, at for example a relevant international conference?  Can sponsors be found for another local meeting?  What shall be the format?

Scientific Advisor: Ton Korver (economy and sociology, The Hague University of Applied Sciences)

International experts

- Karasek Robert (psychosociology, Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell (Boston), Copenhagen University, Institute for Psychology, Danemark)

- Carré Françoise (economics, Centre for social policy, University of Massachussetts Boston)

- Sultan Taïeb Hélène (economics, UQÀM, Montréal)

- Williams Jessica Allia (economics, University of Harvard)

- Teresina Torre (economics, University of Geneva, EUWIN)

- Hande Inanc (sociology, OECD)

- Flohimont Valérie (Law, University of Namur)

- Truchon Manon, (work psychology, Université Laval)

- Maura galletta (work psychology, University of Cagliari, Italy)

- Portoghese Igor (work psychology, University of Cagliari, Italy)


French experts :

- Greenan Nathalie (economics, Centre d’étude et de l’emploi)

- Lechevalier Sébastien (economics, EHESS)

- Chanlat Jean-François (management sciences, University of Dauphine)

- Edey-Gamassou Claire (management sciences, University of Paris-Est Créteil)

- Loriol Marc (sociology of work, CNRS - University of Paris I)

- Mias Arnaud (sociology of work, IRISSO, University of Paris Dauphine)

- Hubault François (ergonomic, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Laboratoire ATEMIS)

- Trontin Christian and Delecroix Bertrand  (economy, INRS)

- Nicot Anne-Marie (ANACT)


Local experts (Bordeaux) :

- Alain Garrigou (ergonomic, University of Bordeaux)

- Rascle Nicole (health psychology, University of Bordeaux)

- Battistelli Adalgisa (work psychology, University of Bordeaux)

- Lagabrielle Christine (work psychology, University of Bordeaux)

- Pouyaud Jacaques (work psychology, University of Bordeaux)

- Bergugnat Laurence (educational sciences, University of Bordeaux)

- Encrenaz Gaëlle (epidémiology, COMPTRASEC)

- Lerouge Loïc (law, COMPTRASEC, CNRS)

- Martin Philippe (law, COMPTRASEC, CNRS)

- Porta Jérôme (law, COMPTRASEC, University of Bordeaux)

- Smith Andy (political sciences, CED, SciencesPo Bordeaux)


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