Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 1 1999, page 7-21.
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Work life research

A look at the past and the future

Gert Graversen

The article poses questions about the hit-herto development and the future perspec-tives of work life research. Some key re-search pursuits and developmental trends that have taken place in the parting century are outlined and commented on. For the period up till 1970, the sketch is drawn mainly from what went on in the USA, whereas the later activities and develop-ment are seen from the vantage point of the Danish scene. No explicit conclusion is draw from this review, but the picture indicates that work life research activities are heavily influenced by the changing economic, social and political agendas that dominate the shifting times.

Taking departure in the work life history outlined above and an assessment of the present state of work life research, some questions about the future role of work life scientists and practitioners are raised, and some suggestions as to what tasks they should take on, are offered. These sugges-tions can be summerized in the following five recommendations for future work life research objectives: 1) From dependency to independency in the choice of research goals and questions, 2) from peripheral to central position in societal development, 3) from fragmented to holistic research emphasis, 4) from residual to future directed research, and 5) from segmented and narrow to shared and diverse research methods.

Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv

(Journal for Working Life)




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