Foresight Methodologies to Understand Changes in the Labour Process: Experience from Portugal
Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies, Vol. 2, pp. 105-116, 2006
12 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2008
The foresight and scenario building methods can be an interesting reference for social sciences, especially in terms of innovative methods for labour process analysis. A scenario - as a central concept for the prospective analysis - can be considered as a rich and detailed portrait of a plausible future world. It can be a useful tool for policy-makers to grasp problems clearly and comprehensively, and to better pinpoint challenges as well as opportunities in an overall framework. The features of the foresight methods are being used in some labour policy making experiences. Case studies developed in Portugal will be presented, and some conclusions will be drawn in order to organise a set of principles for foresight analysis applied to the European project WORKS on the work organisation re-structuring in the knowledge society, and on the work design methods for new management structures of virtual organisations.
Keywords: foresight, scenario, labour policy, Portugal, work organisation, work design, knowledge society, virtual organisations
JEL Classification: C82, F47, J08, O21, Y80
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