Ideal manager and expertise are built in images and media texts

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My dissertation analyzes constructions of an ideal gendered manager and employee in a mediated cultural setting. Our contemporary culture is mediated in many ways: Media is strongly embedded in our lives and has a possibility to select what issues become visible and how those issues are represented. In that way, media shapes our understandings of … Continued

Freedom and flexibility attract to platform work in spite of uncertainties

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SWiPE researchers Laura Seppänen, Mervi Hasu, Sari Käpykangas and Seppo Poutanen have researched platform work’s mechanisms and effects from a sustainable development’s perspective. Work through digital platforms is constantly growing and offering new opportunities. Service providers and buyers meet flexibly and scalably, creating new economic efficiency. At the same time, the platform work may increase … Continued

Researched information and policy recommendations on the promotion of immigrant entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship helps to integrate individuals into society and provides a workplace for entrepreneurs, but also a learning environment for family members and other employees in the company. The entrepreneurship of immigrants has both economic and social value. SWiPE researcher Satu Aaltonen has studied immigrant entrepreneurs and public, private and third-sector organisations offering early-stage services. Her … Continued

SWiPE research strongly presented in the Journal of Professional and Vocational Education

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The latest issue 01/2018 of Journal of Professional and Vocational Education has been published in collaboration with the research projects of Strategic Research Council’s WORK-programme. There are two articles related to SWiPE, one of which deals with company-driven vocational education and the other about a new emerging professionality in the social and health sector that … Continued

Platform economy’s effects on work and education were discussed at SWiPE meeting in Brussels

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The Finnish permanent representation to the European Union provided a forum for SWiPE’s morning coffee event organised for the stakeholders in Brussels. SWiPE researchers Anne Kovalainen, Seppo Poutanen and Kaisa Hytönen presented SWiPE’s current news and recent research findings to members of the European Parliament, their assistants, the experts of EU representation and representatives of … Continued

Discussion on the change of work continues

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The four research programmes funded by the Strategic Research Council carried out “Työnmurroksen mestarikurssi” (a master course of change of work) for researchers, decision-makers and experts during March and April. Also SWiPE as a part of Skilled workers – successful labour market -programme brought its own expertise into the course. A total of 18 researchers, … Continued

Active involvement of immigrants promotes integration

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Monikulttuurien yhteiskunta -event (multicultural society) closed the seminar series “Tutkittua tietoa maahanmuutosta” (researched data on immigration), organised by the Strategic Research Council. In the event on 23th of April the addresses of academics, experts and immigrants were heard.  Also, SWiPE took part in the event. SWiPE researcher Satu Aaltonen from the University of Turku participated … Continued

Better cooperation and more results with good leadership

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I have been pondering for a long time why cooperation in Finnish workplaces is not as good as it should be. Is it because of Finnish mentality, backwardness of the culture of debate, hierarchical leadership, inability to share responsibility and make decision together, a loss of trust, unworkable legislation – or what? The surveys to … Continued