The evolution of Western societies in the framework of economic globalisation and fast developing technology is generating deep-running changes and new internal tensions that directly affect the working sphere.

In Western society, what the markets and productive organisations demand in order to survive and grow in this environment often seems to clash with the aspects needed by people to ensure levels of welfare which were until recently considered reasonable, desirable and achievable for the vast majority of people.

The working world is the scenario in which a large part of these tensions are becoming more obvious because it is there that the technological, economic and social evolution processes come together. It is also the environment that determines the subsistence and development of a vast majority of people in any modern society.

It goes without saying that if the economy and technology change then work must do the same, and in fact, that is exactly what’s happening. The essential question is whether or not we are capable of anticipating that evolution and preventing the necessary search for competitiveness from destroying the balance and harmony necessary for that evolution to socially label itself as progress.

Content outline

  • 1. Presentation and analysis of trends
  • 1.1. Globalisation and new economies. Impact on geography, demography and work.
    1.2. Development and evolution of technology.
    Impact on skills and employability.
    1.3. New organisational and legal frameworks. Impact on flexibility, commitment and inequality.
    1.4. The role of people in the organisations of the future.
  • 2. Conditions for a future scenario of competitiveness and progress
  • 2.1. Work, value and competitiveness
    2.2. Conditions and commitments necessary to combine the achievement of competitiveness with adequate levels of social cohesion
  • 3. Experiences and challenges in managing organisations and people
  • 3.1. Globalised and international management.
    3.2. Public Sector challenges.
    3.3. Labour relations and employment.
    3.4. Machines, robots and people: Industry 4.0.
    3.5. Work, employment and society. Contribution of social organisations.
    3.6. Young people and work. Generational coexistence.

We take our basis in a series of trends (1) identified in different studies as relevant in the medium- and long-term process of transforming work. Our objective is to analyse these in the endeavour to establish in the entrepreneurial, social and labour environment a series of guidelines on the action necessary to achieve a future scenario of progress and competitiveness (2).

Finally, given that this is a congress promoted by AEDIPE, we will share real-life management experiences that point towards the changes (3) demanded by the transformation of work in regard to managing people and talent in organisations.