Organisations, Work and Technology in 2020 and Beyond

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Uncertainty, Complexity and Continuity: Organisations, Work and Technology in 2020 and Beyond

The first two decades of the twenty-first century have been defined by uncertainty, complexity and continuity. With the rise of the internet and the digital economy, and the development of Artificial Intelligence and the platform economy, there are growing implications for the business models of organisations and the future role of workers.

During this time, the role of managers, workers, unions and educators has been permeated by new challenges and opportunities. There have also been some persistent issues such as those associated with inequality, workplace relations and the digital divide.

This conference marks the 50th anniversary of the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology. The event will provide an opportunity to reflect on key challenges such as:

  • What has this meant, and what does it continue to mean for organisations, as employers and the engines of the economy?

  • How have workers experienced this period, and what are the pressing challenges of today and the next decade?

  • How has technology contributed to and been affected by uncertainty and complexity, and how will it respond to, sustain or provoke such issues in the future?

The conference will provide time to pause and reflect on past, present and future developments and their implications for us within the roles we play in society.

The day will be organised around a series of interactive panel discussions enabling attendees to introduce and discuss their personal experiences. You will hear from industry-leading experts and be able to contribute to new conversations about the challenges, opportunities and approaches needed as we enter 2020 and beyond.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Leading academics from Lancaster University Management School’s Department of Organisation Work and Technology including Dr Lucia Cervi, Professor Karen Dale, Dr Anthony Hesketh, Dr Yvonne Latham, Professor Judi Marshall, Dr Lara Pecis and Dr Eve Ewington
  • Simon Burnett, KPMG
  • David Coats, Founder and Director at WorkMatters Consulting
  • Darren Cormack, Director of Strategy, Government Relations and Partnerships at Mines Advisory Group
  • Andy Dunstan, President and Managing Director of Strategic Markets, Alliances and Distributors for General Motors International
  • Mark Judd, Vice President of Product Strategy EMEA at Workday
  • Joel Pullan, Head of Workforce Strategy & Reporting at the Department for Education
  • Gill O’Sullivan, Mental Health Clinical Lead, Royal Lancaster Infirmary
  • Luke Thomas, CEO, Stealth Technologies
  • Dr Helen Waite, Lancaster University Careers Service

This event is free of charge but places are limited, refreshments and lunch are included.


Throughout 2019 we have been commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology (OWT), at Lancaster University Management School.

As one of the first departments of organisation studies to be established in the UK, OWT is known for the advancement and application of organisational and social theory. A succession of well-known academics have worked in the Department and many of their students, who have subsequently become influential figures in their own right, continue Lancaster traditions.

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