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Below we report relevant formal, informal, and work-in-progress publications by any people associated with the FoWOP network.  If you want your work to be featured and it’s connected to the aims of FoWOP, please email us at: futureofwop@gmail.com

The Future of Work and Organizational Psychology

Goal: Now is the time to think about the Future of Work and Organizational Psychology (FoWOP). Many scholars have ideals, thoughts, frustrations, ideas, wishes, and feelings about how the field should develop, change, or pursue another path. It is important to bring together our voices, give the opportunity to have them heard, and jointly work on shaping the future of WOP. This project will collect many ideas (amongst others as expressed during the last EAWOP conference in Dublin) about how we could change, and also forms a platform to connect and actively shape that future.

Psychologie des Alltagshandelns (Psychology of Everyday Activity)
A Special Issue

Edited by Severin Hornung, Christine Unterrainer, & Thomas Höge

The purpose of this special issue is twofold: First and foremost, it documents the first International Conference on Critical and Radical Humanist Work and Organizational Psychology, which was held from the 11th to the 13th of July 2022 at the University of Innsbruck. As such, it features a conference report describing the event in some detail, distinguished contributions by the keynote speakers, and a vibrant bricolage of the position statements of the participants of the panel discussion convened as part of the closing session. The second and closely related purpose is to honor the person who has during his whole career worked tireless, determined, and courageously to eventually make such an event possible here in Innsbruck. Although his scientific and political activities are by no means ceasing but, in the contrary, vigorously ongoing, Wolfgang G. Weber has officially retired from his Professorship in Applied Psychology at the University of Innsbruck in September 2022.

Read the Entire Issue here.

Bricolage of positions and perspectives from the panel discussion on prospects and contestations of Critical and Radical Humanist Work and Organizational Psychology: Are we ready to take over?

Laura Röllmann, Johanna L. Degen, Edina Doci, P. Matthijs Bal, Severin Hornung, Gazi Islam, & Thomas Kühn

This article provides a compilation or, rather, composition of the position statements by the participants of the panel discussion at the first International Conference on Critical and Radical Humanist Work and Organizational Psychology, held from the 11th to the 13th of July 2022 at the University of Innsbruck. Unlike the loosely sewn together "patchwork quilt" one might expect, the resulting text deserves the label "bricolage" -a sculpture of ideas, complementing and contextualizing each other to form a higher-order meaning that goes beyond the sum of its parts...


Sustainable careers & Health in academia

Goal: If we are to advice practitioners about positive organizational practices, we need to become practitioners within our own organizations and implement our expertise to safeguard the well-being of academic employees. Achieving positive change is always the most feasible on the local level. If we strive for practical and societal relevance, we need to first improve the workplaces we inhibit: the universities. The goal is to use our collective intelligence and expertise in envisaging a university that provides its employees with stability, security, and a psychologically safe and supportive environment where health abounds and creative thinking and research can flourish.

Creating healthy academic workplaces: What do we know and where do we go from here?

Vincent Angel, P. Matthijs Bal, Rein De Cooman, Hans van Dijk, Sara De Gieter, Motahareh Alsadat Ghoreishi Galugahi, Davide Giusino, Stefan Thomas Mol, Noémi Nagy, Sofija Pajic, & Ferdinando Toscano

Research goals and why the work was worth doing: Academia is in crisis. Numerous studies show that academics worldwide suffer from enormous workloads, health problems, stress, and burnout. However, there is still a dearth of knowledge on how academic workplaces can be designed and organized to sustainably protect academics’ well-being. The current project set out to take on these issues. First...


Critical Work & Organizational Psychology 

GoalCritical perspectives, which are many and varied, invite us to ask fundamental questions about the nature of how, what, and why we research. As part of the movement for the Future of Work and Organizational Psychology (www.futureofwop.com), we are creating space for scholars and practitioners who want to explore some of these questions together.

Manifestation of academic rackets in management research through early career sessions at academic conferences

by P. Matthijs Bal, Yvonne van Rossenberg, & Mehmet A. Orhan

This article investigated elite maintenance in the field of management and how early career researchers are taught to behave to become part of the elite. We develop insights into how the elite reproduces itself through socializing subsequent generations of scholars into the norms and hegemonic practices of the elite. Through analysis of sessions for early career researchers at a major academic management conference held online in 2021, we investigated how the elite functions as a racket, instructing the next generations of scholars how to enhance their chances of entering this racket. Relying on role modeling and specific behavioral advice, the elite reproduces itself by laying out the basic rules for the next generations on how to behave as the elite. This includes overemphasizing how early career researchers can join the academic elite while neglecting the discussion of how we could improve the academic system itself. We discuss the implications of racket-like manifestation of academic disciplines, including the control of a rather small group of elite scholars over an entire field of scientific investigation through which alternative voices are suppressed.

Read the Article here.

The State of Organizational Research and I-O Psychology

Goal: These studies aim to improve the future of academic fields in organizational research and enhance relevance and equality in research. With our studies, we address the problematic issues of current publication practices and research trends in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Organizational Research in general.