No more colorless working life

P35-PI246: Wednesday 13 June 15:00 – 17:00.

Keywords: creativity, new working culture, community, charisma, personal capital

We are interested to support papers, which are demonstrating new, fresh and open-minded (including critical) activities and perspectives to creativity, innovation and sense of meaning in working life. Europe – Nordic countries included - is failed to compete in global innovation race. Is it fallen to deep sleep like a Sleeping Beauty? What would wake it up, and lift up its’ energy and desire into creative act? Signals of future works tamed keywords like creativity, ethics, community, fast make-do learning, surprises, new and unique combinations matched together etc. Colorless working life does not only mean structures, it does mean ourselves as well. Ourselves are growing “capital” in the future work.

Boundaries in contemporary work life are being increasingly blurred, including boundaries between public and private domains, between work and home, between work and leisure, and between salaried work and entrepreneurship. Globalization, digital technologies and platforms, and new economic models such as sharing economy place focus on constant change, extended on-line networking and individual choice in lifestyles and in working life. Although people and their identities as citizens, consumers and workers are increasingly liminal, established institutions and traditional organizational forms tend to persist. They may face the ‘routinization of charisma dilemma’ in which rationalization, or everyday organizing activities, drains meaning and depress agency. What could resolve this dilemma?

This working group seeks both theoretical and empirical contributions in above mentioned topics, i.e.,

  • ways of stimulating and maintaining meaning/creativity/innovativeness in teams and organizations, or
  • designing work and work culture from the point of view of agency/meaning/creativity/innovativeness prior to and during intense automation/robotization/digitalization
  • designing work and work culture for new start-up firms or business ventures seeking to compete in global markets
  • using culture and art to stimulate well-being, work engagement, flow, emotional capacities, meaningful, identity, self-directed work

Organizers/contact information

Associate Professor Mervi Hasu

University of Oslo, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education

email: ( account active from 7.9.2017)

0315 N-Oslo, Helga Eng Bldg., Sem Saelands vei 7, Norway

Senior Researcher, Adjunct Professor Pia Houni

Finnish Insitute of Occupational Health, Helsinki


Session 10 No more colorless working life Files

Future professionals’ competence in the digital transition through agency and opportunity

Wednesday 13 June 15:00 – 17:00


  • Eveliina Saari, Mervi Hasu, Sari Käpykangas, Anne Kovalainen
  • Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Saari)

A work community or a street milieu?

Wednesday 13 June 15:00 – 17:00


  • Sari Käpykangas and Heli Ansio
  • Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

Artists as agents of change in working life

Wednesday 13 June 15:00 – 17:00


  • Pia Houni

The Cole-Guetzkow-view on loyalty conflicts in organizational and everyday life

Wednesday 13 June 15:00 – 17:00


  • Markus Arvidson and Jonas Axelsson
  • Karlstad University, Sweden