Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 1 1999, page 77-89.
English resume

Towards "conducive" production

wider roles for psychologists and sociologists

Robert Karasek

This paper discusses emerging psychosocial characteristics of modern work life, both costs and benefits. It highlights some of the macro-level political-economic implications of psychosocially healthy job re-design ba-sed on "New Work Organization" prin-ciples. Such processes normally occur at the level of the workstation or workplace, but carry broader political-economic impli-cations as well. The paper claims that pro-fessionals who combine the humane well-being goals of public health professionals and psychological and sociological wisdom relating to working life and its effects have the necessary skills to allow them to take a leading role in developing humane alter-native forms for workplace economic de-velopment at both the mico-level of the company and the macro-political level. This role is more significant than in the era of manufacturing mass production when tech-nical information about production ma-chinery and material resources was con-sidered to be most valuable production-related knowledge, and psychological and sociological knowledge was peripheral. In the new form of work – here labelled "con-ducive work" – this knowledge is becom-ing central to the new production processes.



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