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Changing Organizations

Current Research Projects in the ChanGing Organizations track

Working Life in the Robot Age: Employees’ Experiences in Working with Robots

As robots become more and more advanced and integrated into working life, it is important to understand their impact on employees. This project is a first critical step in addressing this challenge by investigating how employees integrate robots in their work and how working with robots is linked to fundamental processes of employee motivation and well-being. It will also examine the mutual shaping of human-robot collaborations and social practices in organizations (e.g., collaboration, communication).

Sponsor: NWO (Veni scheme)
Contact: Suzanne Janssen

Data-driven work: Monitoring and evaluation of local and regional policies

Data-driven work is a critical driver of Digital Transformations in the Public Sector. In our program Digital Transformation in the Public Sector we focus on the development of appropriate methods for leading transformations successfully. Aspects like distributed responsibility, changing business models, organizations and processes, and proactive strategies as answers to digital transformations in society are studied. In our data-driven work projects we focus on methods for monitoring and evaluating local and regional policies. Examples of policies are the energy transition, social quality, and city development. Using publicly available data sets extended with data shared by governmental institutions and other relevant parties, it becomes possible to create relevant data-driven dashboards that can be used by various stakeholders around governmental policy. A data lake approach has been designed to enable flexible storage, processing and analysis of structured and unstructured datasets. This approach enables us to apply new, advanced methods and techniques to play with unique datasets on organisation and communication questions

Sponsor
: The province of Overijssel, municipality of Enschede and Zwolle.
Contact: Robert Muster, Sjoerd de Vries and Wouter Vollenbroek

Energizing the citizen: Stakeholder communication and public acceptance of renewable energy

Climate change is a challenge that requires a major transition in our society. By ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement, the Netherlands has committed to pursuing an ambitious climate policy, aiming at a 49% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030 and a 95% reduction by 2050. Subsequently, in order to drastically reduce CO2-emissions and to combat seismic activities, the Dutch government has entered the path towards sustainable heat. This is a major challenge, as 90% of all households have to be disconnected from the gas grid. The responsibility and role of homeowners and tenants differs in this regard, and it is interesting to compare their perceptions. Studies are conducted with tenants and homeowners separately to explore important themes and issues. Furthermore, next to citizens, other stakeholders are involved including for example local governments, housing corporations, energy suppliers and net distributors. Extensive stakeholder analyses identify positions in the energy transition, success factors, problems, and directions for alignment of stakes.

Sponsors: Province of Overijssel
Contact: Sikke Jansma or Jordy Gosselt