Work, resilience and sustainable futures: the approach of work-based research to problems and their solutions

Fergusson, Lee and van der Laan, Luke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2275-8974 and Shallies, Bradley and Baird, Matthew (2019) Work, resilience and sustainable futures: the approach of work-based research to problems and their solutions. Journal of Work-Applied Management, 12 (1). pp. 22-41. ISSN 2205-2062


Abstract

Purpose – This paper examines the relationship between work, resilience and sustainable futures for
organisations and communities by considering the nature of work-related problems (WRPs) and the workbased
research designed to investigate them. The authors explore the axis of work environment > work-related
problem > resilience > sustainable futures as it might be impacted by work-based research.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper introduces two current real-world examples, one in Australia
and one in Asia, of work-based research projects associated with higher education aimed at promoting
resilience and sustainability, and discusses the research problems, questions, designs, methods, resilience
markers and sustainability markers used by these projects.

Findings – Work-based research, when conducted rigorously using mixed methods, may contribute to
increased resilience of organisations and communities and thereby seeks to promote more sustainable
organisational and social futures.

Practical implications – Work-based research conducted in higher education seeks to investigate,
address and solve WRP, even when such problems occur in unstable, changing, complex and messy
environments.

Social implications – Resilience and sustainable futures are ambiguous and disputed terms, but if workbased
research can be brought to bear on them, organisations and communities might better adapt and recover
from challenging situations, thus reducing their susceptibility to shock and adversity.

Originality/value – While resilience and sustainability are commonly referred to in the research literature,
their association to work, and specifically problems associated with work, have yet to be examined. This paper
goes some of the way to addressing this need.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 22:57
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2021 06:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: work, resilience, sustainability, work-based learning, work-related problems, work-based research
Fields of Research (2008): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390105 Environmental education curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390308 Technical, further and workplace education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390115 Work integrated learning (incl. internships)
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390305 Professional education and training
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160104 Professional development and adult education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160205 Policies and development
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JWAM-11-2019-0036
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38613

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