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Our mission

The Future of Work Institute promotes productive and meaningful work as essential foundations of a healthy economy and society.  We focus on how people contribute to and benefit from new knowledge and practices. Our mission is to support thriving people and organisations in the digital age.

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Thrive at Work

Thrive at Work is an initiative created to provide Western Australian organisations with the knowledge and tools to design, implement and sustain healthy, high performing
work environments.
With the support of the Mental Health Commission WA, the initiative provides an easy to understand set of evidence based tools to help create wellbeing strategies and measurable action plans to enhance employee wellbeing.
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Research Themes

Our overall theme is “thriving in the digital age”.  We support thriving individuals and organisations through leading-edge research, collaborative projects, embedded in translation and dissemination activities.

The Institute will implement the following thematic programs:

These six programs will shape the research and practice of the Institute. The programs intersect with each other and research across Curtin University to build the theme of thriving in a digital age.

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Transformative Work Design

Transforming work through work design to create better lives for workers and more effective teams and organisations.

Australian Research Council Laureate Professor Sharon Parker leads this theme. Sharon is the Director for the Centre for Transformative Work Design and manages multi-industry collaboration to redesign work structures, leadership roles, and communication networks.

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Work Capabilities and Motivation

Engaging people through changing organisational structures, intensive communication media, and fluctuating demands.

Professor Marylene Gagne leads this in collaboration with Dr Patrick Dunlop. The projects undertaken will help to understand the recruitment, motivation, compensation, and skills required in new and evolving work structures.

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Human System Integration

Work, careers, and performance as people interact with complex and dynamic technical systems.

Practice Professor Karina Jorritsma leads this theme. This includes defence-related projects to understand human endurance, system configurations, and training in complex operating environments.

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Public Policy in
the Digital Age

Policy settings that increase opportunity, flexibility, and sustainability.

Professor John Phillimore leads this theme. John is the Executive Director of the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy and has extensive experience working with government to develop employment and industry policy.

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Data Analytics and
Decision Making

Generating, analysing, and using data to create a better workplace.

Professor Mark Griffin leads this theme to ensure all projects are supported by recent advances in data modelling, machine learning, and visualisation. The theme also explores how analytics can better support organisational decision making.

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Ageing and Work

How do we keep people in work longer and optimise their contributions?

ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Sharon Parker leads this theme via the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research where she is Stream Leader for Organisations and the Mature Workforce and Director of Mentoring.

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Located in the Perth CBD

The Future of Work Institute is located in the Curtin Graduate School of Business building, in the heart of the Perth CBD.

Curtin’s strong relationship with industry will ensure that the Future of Work Institute's highly interactive facility will be a hub for developing and implementing new insights.

Our Leadership Team

Mark Griffin

Professor Mark Griffin

Professor Mark Griffin is the Director of the Future of Work Institute. He is currently Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology and a previous recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Mark’s research examines the way individuals contribute to organisational capability in areas of safety, leadership, well-being and productivity.
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Sharon Parker

Professor Sharon Parker

Professor Sharon Parker is an ARC Laureate Fellow, a Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Curtin University, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. She is currently Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design at Curtin University and is a recipient of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award and the Academy of Management OB Division Mentoring Award.

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Marylene Gagne

Professor Marylène Gagné

Professor Marylène Gagné holds a PhD from the University of Rochester, New York and has held appointments at Concordia University, Canada, and the University of Western Australia. Her research examines how organisations, through their structures, cultures, rewards, tasks, and management, affect people’s motivational orientations towards their work.

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Karina Jorritsma

Associate Professor Karina Jorritsma

Associate Professor Karina Jorritsma is a Practice Professor who works closely with industry to generate high impact research. Karina brings with her over 15 years’ experience in successfully bringing together academic thinking across disciplines and working with industry stakeholders to address critical workplace challenges.

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Pat Dunlop

Associate Professor Patrick Dunlop

Associate Professor Patrick Dunlop will join the Future of Work Institute in early 2019. His research investigates personality and individual differences in the work context, particularly how they relate to personnel recruitment, selection, and socialisation. His research informs practices to improve recruitment, selection, and socialisation outcomes across work and volunteer settings, and on how work influences the development of our personality through adulthood.

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John Phillimore

Professor John Phillimore

Professor John Phillimore has been Executive Director of the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy based at Curtin University since 2007. He will lead the Public Policy in the Digital Age research program at the Future of Work Institute. He also has several years’ experience as a senior advisor to government. His research expertise includes public policy; employment and industry policy; innovation, science and technology policy; higher education; social policy; public administration; federalism; regional development; and Australian politics.

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Abbe Rorrison

Abbe Rorrison is a manager with extensive experience in the university and business sector leading work groups and strategic initiatives. She has held positions as Workforce Planning Consultant and Faculty Manager (Business Services) at the University of Western Australia.

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Get in touch

The Future of Work Institute engages with all sectors of the economy to improve work and support innovation. If you'd like more information about our research or are interested in working with us, please contact us.

Location: Curtin Graduate School of Business building, 78 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000
Telephone: +61 8 9266 4668