Business Innovation Works

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Start Date: 29 Mar 2017

Start Time: 5:00 PM

End Time: 7:00 PM

Duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 40

Venue: Corinthian Club 191 Ingram Street, Merchant City, Glasgow City Centre, Glasgow, G1 1DA › View map

Admission price: Free

Event Capacity: Full

Securing and promoting Scotland's digital future as a source of innovative potential and productivity is a key priority for policymakers. A recent Scottish Futures Trust report estimated that increased digitalisation could boost the economy by up to £13 billion in the next 15 years. However, investment to achieve increased digitalisation will not pay off fully if we fail to design jobs and workplaces in a way that delivers 'fair work' and unleashes the innovative potential of employees.

The Scottish Centre for Employment Research at the University of Strathclyde - in collaboration with the Scottish Government and other partners - is taking forward the 'Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work' (FIT-work) project. The FIT-work project is about working with employers and employees to identify opportunities and challenges around workplace innovation and better job quality.

Can we collaborate on changing the workplace so that jobs are increasingly defined by fairness and dignity, and so that employees feel empowered to collaborate and innovate?
This presentation will show how the FIT-work Team are using a range of research tools to help employers and employees to explore these issues. It will also discuss how Fair, Innovative and Transformative Work can add value to Scotland's efforts towards digital transformation.


Prof Patricia Findlay

FIT-work Project, Scottish Centre for Employment Research, University of Strathclyde

Professor Patricia Findlay is Director of the Scottish Centre for Employment Research and is Professor of Work and Employment Relations at the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde Business School, where she also leads the 'Innovating Works' programme and the Fair, Innovative and Transformative work (FITwork) project. Her research and teaching expertise is in the study of work and the management of the employment relationship. Workplace innovation is central to her current research activity, with specific focus on four key dimensions: job quality and how this can be improved (including through workplace practice re-configuration and technological change); workplace skills and learning; improving equality; and workplace governance and decision making. Professor Findlay is a longstanding member of Employment Tribunals Scotland and a current member of the Scottish Government's Scotland Can Do Innovation Forum. She was a member of the Scottish Government's Working Together Review Group and is currently a member of, and Academic Adviser to, Scotland's Fair Work Convention.

Dr Colin Lindsay

FIT-work Project, Scottish Centre for Employment Research, University of Strathclyde

Dr Colin Lindsay is Reader in Human Resource Management at Strathclyde Business School. He has been researching and teaching on employment and skills issues for more than 15 years. With colleagues at SCER, he recently competed research for the ESRC on "Work, Employment, Skills and Training: Where Next for Scotland?" and the "Innovating Works" project, co-funded by the ERDF. He has previously joined teams conducting research for UKCES on "Employee demand for skills" (2009) and "Engaging low skilled employees in workplace learning" (2012). He has published research in leading journals such as "Human Resource Management Journal", "Work, Employment & Society" and "International Journal of Human Resource Management". He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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