Organization of work, social dialogue and employee well-being in Finland and in Europe.

[Työn organisointi, sosiaalinen dialogi ja työntekijöiden hyvinvointi Suomessa ja Euroopassa]


Funding period: 1.1.2013–31.12.2015, Finnish Work Environment Fund

Project leader: Timo Anttila



Adoption of new forms of work organization has been on the European and Finnish political agenda. New forms of work organization are seen as a key for competitive performance. The term ‘organisational change’ covers the introduction of new processes and technologies as well as restructuring and reorganisation of work in the workplace.

According to European comparative studies, organizational change and restructuration have been especially prevalent in Nordic countries. Private sector firms have long tradition in searching more flexible forms of work organization. More lately, also public service organizations have, under the impetus of New Public Management (NPM), adopted concepts and methodologies commonly associated with private enterprises and manufacturing.

Applying the work organisation typology (differentiating ‘Learning’, ‘Lean’, ‘Tayloristic’ and ‘simple’ forms) introduced by Lorenz & Valeyre (2005; 2009) the aim is the project is to look into trends of organizing work in public and private sector organizations in Finland and in Europe. The data covers both national (Finnish Working Conditions Surveys 1977, 1984, 1990, 1997, 2003, 2008 and 2013) and international (European Working Conditions Surveys 2000, 2005, 2010 and Company surveys 2008, 2013) representative data-sets.



Scientific articles

Mustosmäki, A., Anttila, T., Oinas, T. & Nätti, J. (2013). Konvergenssi vai divergenssi? Vertaileva tutkimus työelämän laadun muutoksesta Euroopassa 1995–2010. Yhteiskuntapolitiikka 78, 618–633.

Conference presentations

Anttila Timo, Oinas Tomi & Mustosmäki Armi: Organization of work in Nordic countries: analyzing change in public and private sector 1990-2010. Paper presented in 33rd International Labour Process Conference, 13-15 April 2015, Athens, Greece.

Timo Anttila, Jouko Nätti & Tomi Oinas: Changing Working Times in Finland 1977–2013. Paper presented in The 22nd International Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time, Elsinore, Denmark.