Transformation of work in the digital era

This course will provide an overview of digitization of work as a profound socio-technical transformation and the possibilities and threats digitization brings to workplace. The course will also provide tools for acting proactively and collaboratively in the organizations and networks to develop human centered and sustainable digitized work that enhances productivity, safety, and well-being at work. Examples from different branches and work organizations in private and public sectors are offered, including knowledge work, health care, industry, and platform work.

Course objectives

Contribute to the enhancement of organizational development and job design by providing knowledge and tools for:
• digital and sociotechnical transformation of work
• ethical issues of digitization in work places
• productivity and well-being in digitized work
• managing organizations in digital transformation
• co-developing sustainable organizational practices
• co-creating human centered working culture
• enhancing competencies in digital work
• improving cognitive ergonomics at work

Target group

Primary target group: persons involved in developing organization and work, such as managers, supervisors, HR and well-being personnel, and occupational safety personnel

Secondary target group: other people interested in areas such as developers of digitized solutions and devices, experts, and researchers

Course outline

  • Pretask: survey with open questions to identify how transformation of work due digitization is manifesting in participant’s own work, organization, branch, and context
  • Lectures and presentations
  • Cases and practical examples
  • Mini workshops to introduce and trying out tools and practices
  • Discussions on proactive competence development at workplace level (context); practices to enhance cognitive ergonomics, productivity, well-being, and occupational safety in digitized work context

Main topics

• Introduction to subject
• Digitization as a complex socio-technical transformation: new forms of human/technology interaction
• Ethical issues of digitization
• Digitized work in different contexts: examples/cases from public sector, industry, and platforms
• Cognitive ergonomics and digitization of work
• Tools for collective analysis, interpretation and development of digitized work

Registration deadline

February 28th 2020



The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 500 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 450
  • The day package II fee of EUR 200
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 450 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, course material, coffees, lunches, dinners and the social program on Tuesday.

    The total price of the course is EUR 950 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 450).

    We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking (between people) and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 200 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, course material, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 700 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 200).

    Kindly note that the day package II does not include the social program nor the dinners.

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 23rd – 25th of March 2020 at Hotel Hanaholmen, Espoo, Finland. To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly to the hotel by email to using the booking code "NIVA" (available until 2.3.2020).

    The room price for a single standard room is EUR 115/night (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool) and the price for a double room EUR 134/night  (including breakfast, morning sauna and access to the pool).

    The block reservation will be available until 2nd of March 2020.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by February, 28th 2020: full refund
    Cancellations received after February, 28th 2020: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

    The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course Leader
Tuomo Alasoini
Research Professor
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

In practical matters, please contact:

Project and Communications Manager
Linda Vänskä
mobile: +358 40 5463 277

Course venue


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Course Leader

Tuomo Alasoini

General information

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