WORK2017 Conference


The 3rd International Interdisciplinary Conference on Research on Work and Working Life on 16–18 August, 2017 in Turku

Building on the success of the international interdisciplinary conferences WORK2013 and WORK2015, WORK2017 will be an international forum for the exchange of research and experience  among researchers and practitioners in the field of work and working life.

The conference theme is “Work and Labour in the Digital Future”. The conference welcomes papers and presentations exploring, describing and analyzing the world of work, changes in labour and meanings of work within and beyond the digital world. The call for abstracts is open now. The abstract submission ends 15 February 2017.

The conference is organized by the Turku Centre for Labour Studies (TCLS), the Turku School of Economics, the SWiPE- Research Consortium (Academy of Finland) and the University of Turku, Finland.

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Globalisation – what’s the story now? -seminar 24 August 2017

 Time: 24 August 2017 at 13-16
 Place:  Hotel Kämp, Peilisali
 Registration:  By 16 August 2017 here



13:00 Registration and coffee

13:30–13:35 Opening and Welcome

Mr. Jorma Ollila, Chairman of the Board, Etla

13:35–14:15 Keynote: The Great Convergence

              Prof. Richard Baldwin, President of CEPR

14:15–14:25 International Sourcing in Finland and Sweden

              Dr. Petri Rouvinen, Managing Director, Etlatieto

14:25–14:40 Finland in the era of great divergence and convergence

              Dr. Vesa Vihriälä, Managing Director, Etla

14:40–15:30 Panel discussion, Q & A

Afternoon get-together

Value Co-Creation in Digital Era! Workshop 23 August and Webinar 24 August 2017


Time: 23 August 2017  at 9:00-16:00
Place: Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Topeliuksenkatu 41 B, Helsinki
Registration: Participation is free of charge with limited seats available.
Deadline for abstracts: We kindly invite you to submit an extended abstract (about 2000 words) by email The submission should contain authors’ names,  institutional affiliations and email. Deadline: 2 August 2017.


The aim of the workshop is to provide a stimulating and interactive platform for researchers to share, discuss and develop their ideas, project results and work-inprogress papers. Papers will be discussed in a roundtable format. The session is chaired by Prof. Kyoichi Jim Kijima (Tokyo Institute of Technology).

See the invitation



Time:   24 August 2017 at 12:00–15:00
Registration:   Register for the event by August 18, 2017 HERE. Webinar is free of charge, but registration is mandatory.


In the webinar, researchers and practitioners explore the premises and promises of value co-creation, with a specific focus on value creation processes, platforms and service innovations in the digital era. The webinar will touch upon following themes:

  • How is digitalization transforming business environment?
  • How can digitalization enhance value (co-)creation?
  • Why should businesses engage their customers to develop new products and services?
  • What is the value of value co-creation?
  • What are the limits of co-creation? Is co-creation the key for all kinds of challenges?

See the programme of the webinar


The workshop and the webinar are organised in collaboration with eArvonluonti, DEEVA, KUMOUS, and SWiPE projects.

15th European Congress of Psychology 2017

15th European Congress of Psychology will be organised in Amsterdam on 11-14 July 2017. One of the keynote speakers will be Research Professor, SWiPE Researcher Jari Hakanen from Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. His presentation is titled Bored, burned out or engaged? The job demands-resources model and employee well-being”.

Congress website:

Platform Economy and Cohesion of European Competition Policy 23 May 2017

Time:  23 May 2017 at 12:30-17:00
Venue:  House of Estates, Snellmaninkatu 9–11, 00170 Helsinki
Programme:  Link to the programme


Platforms and platform economy have been topical issues in the implementation of competition policy during recent years and nothing suggests that the interest in these questions is fading. As a result of increased digitalization, the nature competition has to an increasing extent evolved to a process between networks, vertical supply chains, or combinations of these.

These developments pose challenges both to the role and implementation of competition law. An important question is to what extent such a new economy brings new elements into the assessment of horizontal agreements, for example regarding exchange of information or cooperation agreements, and of vertical agreements, such as exclusivity agreements.

In applying competition law, the competition authorities and courts should possess a thorough knowledge of the nature and aspects of platforms and their internal logic. Efficiency-enhancing business practices have to be correctly distinguished from and weighed against alleged competition restrictions.

Keynote speakers

Professor Dr., Director Justus Haucap, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE), Universität Düsseldorf

Professor Doris Hildebrand, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB)

Professor Anne Kovalainen, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku

Mr. Massimiliano Kadar, Case Handler, European Commission, DG COMP, and Visiting Fellow, King’s College, London

“Meaningful Technologies for Daily Life. Seniors in Japan and Finland” -kutsuseminaari 5 May 2017

Time:  5 May 2017 at 9:30–14:30
Venue:  Lahti, Wanha Walimo, Masuuni hall (Vesijärvenkatu 25)
Programme:  METESE_KUMOUS_ROSE_seminar_170505_FINAL


Care for the elderly is becoming an increasingly topical subject around the world, as populations age. ICT and robotics are expected to improve the quality of life and care for the elderly, maintain their ability to lead independent lives and lighten the workload of care staff. The key issue concerns how technologies should be developed in step with the societal needs, organizational conditions, service processes, working practices and individual lifestyles in question. How can technologies contribute to building of meaningful daily life for seniors? The aim of the research seminar is to describe research findings and discuss:

  • Expertise and service concepts which apply digitalization in elderly care
  • Opportunities for elderly care service concepts in international business

The keynote speaker in the seminar is Dr. Kentaro Watanabe, Visiting Research Scientist at VTT’s Value-driven Decision-making team in Tampere. He is a Researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Research Center of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tokyo. The seminar is jointly organised by KUMOUS, METESE and ROSE projects. SWiPE researchers from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health are incvolved with the seminar organisation.

The seminar is targeted for approx. 40 invited participants (registration needed). The seminar language is English. For further information:

Guest lecture on 11 April 2017: Professor Jay Barney

Time:  11 April 2017 at 9:15–11:30 (coffee served before the lecture)
Venue:  EDU1, Educarium, Assisstentinkatu 5, University of Turku


On 11th of April the Entrepreneurship Unit has an opportunity to welcome Professor Jay Barney (University of Utah, USA) who will visit University of Turku, School of Economics.

Professor Barney is best known for his contributions to the resource-based theory of competitive advantage in the field of strategic management. Among other activities Professor Barney has published academic work on firm competitiveness, strategic management and set the tone for the resource-based view theory. In addition, Professor Barney has addressed theoretical underpinnings of the study of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial opportunities and action.

Competitive firms and uncertain renewal of everything -seminar on 10 April 2017

Time:   10 April 2017 at 13:00–15:30
Place: Kallio 1B309, Conference Center (Building B), Innovaatiokeskus Tekes, Porkkalankatu 1, Helsinki



  • Program Development Manager Christopher Palmberg (Tekes): Welcome and foreword
  • Senior Researcher Pekka Stenholm (University of Turku): How do firms make sense of their strategies and their success/failures?
  • Professor Anne Kovalainen (University of Turku): Disruption and platform economy
  • Professor Jay Barney (University of Utah): Competing Theories of Competitive Advantage
  • Program Manager Risto Lehtinen (DIMECC): Comment on the above
  • Discussion and questions

Quantified Employee -seminar 28.3.2017

Time:  8 March 2017 at 8:00–16:15
Place:  The National Museum of Finland,  Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki


People measure themselves in many ways, e.g., using intelligent bracelets. How is this working in a work environment? Quantified Employee 2017 – Time, Results or Physiology is a seminar focused on the different possibilities of tracking work and an employee to develop sustainable productivity. The event is part of the project Re:Know – Revolution of Knowledge Work, and jointly organized by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT. SWiPE Researcher Annina Ropponen (FIOH) is one speakers at the event. Her topic is “Time use in expert work – do we need tracking of working hours”.

ifip WG8.2 Working Conference 2016

Beyond Interpretivism? New Encounters with Technology and Organisation

9 – 10 December 2016, Dublin, Ireland

Working Conference Technology and Organisation (ifip WG8.2 in Dublin, December 9-10, 2016) focuses on new kinds of research encounters with technology and organization. Leading scholars of the field, Karin Knorr-Cetina (Unversity of Chicago), Wanda Orlikowski (MIT) and Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen) attend the conference. Twelve articles have been chosen for presentation, among them an article about a developmental method in robotic surgery by SWiPE Researcher Laura Seppänen (FIOH) and her colleagues. The operation videos produced by the robot enhance transparency and offer new learning possibilities for surgeons. Read more:

Producer Day 2016

Producer Day 2016 is a national practitioner event for producers in arts and culture. The event is organised on the 14th of November at the National Museum in Helsinki. The theme of the event is the future of work from the perspective of the self-employed. Head of the SWiPE-Consortium, Professor Anne Kovalainen, will be speaking about changing working life.

Click here for the event programme. The event is in Finnish.

Work Up! The future of crowdsourced work in Finland

Time: 8 November 2016 from 12:30 to 15:00
Venue: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Runeberginkatu 2, Helsinki
More info:


The sharing economy and platform mediated work are rapidly becoming more common in Finland. The phenomenon is expected to have a significant impact on firms, the labour market and to the way society functions. These impacts are thus far not well understood.

The Work Up! The future of crowdsourced work in Finland – seminar will discuss the effects of digital platforms and the spread of crowdsourced work on employment, labour markets, firms and the institutions of working life. The seminar includes an expert panel, insights from the latest research and an open discussion with the audience.

The expert panel is composed of CEO Ville Miettinen (Micortask Oy), Board member Santtu Hulkkonen (Solved Oy), CEO Merru Tuliara (of the Private Employment Agencies Association), Employment policy specialist Leila Kurki (of the Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK), Board member Juho Salminen (Susinno Oy) and Journalist Terhi Hautamäki.

The seminar is part of the Work Up! – event series looking at phenomena in working life. The organisers of the seminar are the Working-life 2020 project governed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment together with rotating partners; SWiPE researcher Mervi Hasu (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health) is helping organise the event. The theme of crowdsourced work was touched upon in last May’s Work Up! – event, which aroused much interest and conversation. This seminar will build on that conversation.


Learning at Work in the Future Work

Uni Turku

Research seminar

Friday 7.10.2016 at 13.00-15.30

Lecture hall 16, Turku School of Economics

Rehtorinpellonkatu 3, Turku




Learning at work has grown in importance due to increasingly complex working life, changes in occupations and constantly new requirements at work and jobs. Another aspect of learning at work underlines the development of workers’ occupational and social competences that enable renewal of working life. How to deal with learning at work?

Academy of Finland Strategic Research Council funded consortium SWiPE together with Turku Centre for Labour Studies (TCLS) organise a research seminar. The seminar is open to staff, faculty members, students and human resource professionals interested in learning at work in the future economy.

Welcome to the seminar!



13.00 Opening
Future jobs
Professor Stephen Billett, University of Brisbane, Australia
14.15 Coffee
14.30 The cinderella story – a skilled worker’s new chance in the digitalized era
Ph.D., docent Eveliina Saari, Institute of Occupational Health, Finland
Comments: Professor Anne Kovalainen, TSE Entre, TCLS
15.30 Closing the seminar


See Map T57 Turku School of Economics, Rehtorinpellonkatu 3, Turku.

: Academy of Finland Strategic Research Council consortium SWiPE – Smart Work in Platform Economy, and Turku Centre for Labour Studies, University of Turku



Business and Work in the Era of Digital Platforms

The first research seminar of the Academy of Finland Strategic Research Council project “Smart Work in Platform Economy” (SWiPE) is held on 30.8.2016 in Musiikkitalo, Helsinki. You are most welcomed! The seminar is held jointly with BRIE-ETLA. Both research projects analyze the transformative power of the contemporary digital platforms in the economy and in working life. Please find further details and the program in the attachment.


Address:  Musiikkitalo, The Helsinki Music Centre, Mannerheimintie 13 A, 00100 Helsinki,
Venue:  Sonore Hall
Start time:  30 August 2016 8:00
End time:  30 August 2016 12:00

 Business and Work in the Era of Digital Platforms_Seminar Program.pdf

Presentations of the seminar