Applied work – and organizational psychology in a Nordic perspective on the 18/6 2014
Free for members
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2014 in Copenhagen
Applied work- and organizational psychology
Nordic Association of Work and Organizational Psychology
A Nordic approach: Past - Present - Future
Be a part of an ongoing dialogue, professional and qualitative development within and around the
field of work and organizational psychology
of June will also give a room for dialogue and networking.
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PROGRAMME (The 18th June 2014):
Industrial society – between myths and realities
Lars K Christensen, Master in history and philosophy, PhD, curator, senior
researcher, National Museum of Denmark
14.45 Break & networking
Gunnar Hjelholt: A pioneer within group dynamics and
Lector emeritus. Benedicte Madsen, Aarhus University & Associated Professor,
Søren Willert, Aalborg University.
The Nordic approach and part II – NAWOP
Trine Lindemark, Cand. Psych. aut. Specialist in work and organizational
General Assembly (NAWOP)
Dinner (not included in price) & networking
NB: Food and drinks can be bought on site.
Industrial society – between myths and realities
Lars K Christensen, Master in history and philosophy, PhD, curator, senior researcher,
National Museum of Denmark
In public debate, whether it is about new ways of working, changes in education or just the
future in general, industrial society is often used as the general term for everything which
is outdated and no longer useful. And not only is the industrial society passé, thank God,
but so is any form of idea or organisation belonging to that era.
But what was – or is – industrial society? Contemporary denouncements of our industrial
past often seems to be informed not so much by historical knowledge, but by popular
narratives – such as “Modern times”, Charlie Chaplin’s satirical masterpiece about work at
the assembly line.
Through a handful of selected examples, Lars K. Christensen is going to answer back to
those giving the industrial society such a bad reputation, and question some widespread
myths about work in the industrial vs. the post-industrial society.
Lars K. Christensen holds a PhD in labour history, and is currently working as a curator and
senior researcher at the National Museum of Denmark, Dept. of Modern Danish History.
He has written about different aspects of the history of industrial work, as a correlation
between technology, organisation and culture. Presently he is doing research in the
encounter between American and Danish work cultures at Ford Motor Company’s car-
assembly plant in Copenhagen 1919-39.
Gunnar Hjelholt: A pioneer within group dynamics and organizational psychology
Lector emeritus. Benedicte Madsen, Aarhus University and Associated Professor, Søren
Willert, Aalborg University.
Key words. Consultancy, boundaries, doing vs. reflecting, individual vs. organization,
management vs leadership, organization quality
Abstract: On the basis of extended biographical material regarding Danish social
psychologist Gunnar Hjelholt (1920-2002) the two authors present a historically oriented
case study in professional culture construction. The professional culture thus portrayed is a
particular brand of Kurt Lewin-inspired social psychology. From the 1960s and onwards
Hjelholt was a key figure in developing this field in Scandinavia and, indeed, in most of
Europe. Building partly on a chronological sketch of Hjelholt’s life story presented in Part 1
of a two part article, the present second article part endeavors, not only to paint a picture
of Hjelholt as a professional person with a distinctive problem solving style and impact on
his surroundings, but also to search for interactions between identified professional
themes and Hjelholt’s personal life story as well as his political attitudes broadly conceived.
The concept of boundary and the image of the consultant as boundary keeper play
important roles as recurrent, unifying metaphors in the text. Among other themes covered
the following may be mentioned: doing versus reflecting; what is the good organization?;
individuals and organizations. In an epilogue one overarching aim of the two texts is
described as that of opening up for discussion and dialogue concerning organization
consultancy in a historical perspective.
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