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The Changing Practice of Work Programme

The ability to work anywhere at any time has been facilitated by advancements in information and communication technologies (ICT), as well as enhanced emphasis on flexibility, connectivity and mobility. These changes have been associated with the trends towards ‘teleworking’ and ‘telecommuting’, terms that were coined to denote employees working in locations other than their workplace. Telework is predominantly focused on providing individual employees with the flexibility in where they undertake their work.

This research programme focuses on the practice of work within both public and private sector organisations. We explore the disrupting factors leading to the demand of a change in work practice, specifically the move to smart work practices, and the institutional, organisational and employee factors that either enable or impede the ability to implement this change. The inter-disciplinary nature of the research team will enable the team to analyse these dynamics from different perspectives and integrate these perspectives in a meaningful way.

Changing Practice of Work Members

Dr Sarah Maslen, Assistant Professor of Sociology – Co-leader of Changing Practice of Work

Professor Lawrence Pratchett, Dean of Business, Government and Law

Professor Richard Hu, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

Dr Michael Walsh, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr Blooma John, Assistant Professor of Information Systems

Current Projects within the Changing Practice of Work Research Programme

Impact of new technology, innovation and austerity of work practice

Project Leader: Dr Sarah Maslen

Smart work in the Australian Public Service

Project Leader: Professor Richard Hu

New ways of working: the role of technology in reshaping work and private life

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The Impact of Human Resource Management Practices and Organisational Culture on the Practice of Work

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If you wish to obtain more information about the current projects within the Commons Research Programs, please contact Professor Lawrence Pratchett.