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No 548:
The Quest for Well-being in Growth Industries: Contexts, Research Design and Methodological Development

Jeff Hearn (), Teemu Tallberg (), Linda McKie (), Pernilla Gripenberg (), Marjut Jyrkinen () and Charlotta Niemistö ()

Abstract: This Working Paper reports the background to the first stage of the ongoing research project, The Quest for Well-being in Growth Industries: A Collaborative Study in Finland and Scotland, conducted under the auspices of the Academy of Finland research programme The Future of Work and Well-being (2008-2011). This collaborative project provides national and transnational data, analysis and outputs. The study is being conducted in the Department of Management and Organisation, Hanken School of Economics, Finland, in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University, University of East London, Heriot-Watt University and Reading University, UK. The project examines policies and practices towards the enhancement of work-related well-being in growth industries, and contradictory pressures and tensions posed in this situation. The overall aim is to evaluate the development, implementation and use of work-related well-being policies in four selected growth industries. These sectors – electronics, care, finance and accounting, and tourism – have been selected on the basis of European Union and national forecasts, and demographic and socio-economic trends in employment. In this working paper we outline the background to the research study, the initial research plan, and how the survey of employers has been constructed. The working paper concludes with a brief discussion of general ongoing research issues arising in the project.

Keywords: care; companies; cultures; employing organisations; methodology organisations; organisation carescapes; well-being; work; (follow links to similar papers)

40 pages, December 31, 2009

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