A RE-ISSUED INVITATION TO CONTRIBUTE: IOPS ENGAGING WITH THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
Prof Theo Veldsman
The national lock-down in South Africa the past 8 weeks has not only resulted in a delay in the SIOPSA research project on IOPs engaging with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4)IR, but has also necessitated a significant change in the research process we need to follow. Hence the re-issued Invitation to contribute.
Rise of the 4th Industrial Revolution with its challenge to IOP
At present we are in the throes of the 4IR. By all estimation, the 4IR will sweep across all spheres of life as we know them currently, particularly the work place, radically transforming them. In short, 4IR can be characterised by the acronym DIVAS: Digitisation, Interconnectivity, Virtualisation, Automation and Smart.
Within the ambit of IOP’s scope of study and practice embracing the psychology of the working person, the work place and their reciprocal fit, the overarching future challenge to IOPs will be how to design technology enabled, productive, humane work places, able to satisfy the basic needs of people for meaning (or purpose); efficacy; fulfilment; belonging; and existence. This is probably going to be THE future challenge to IOPs.
Launch of a SIOPSA research project into the 4IR work place of the future
It is with great excitement that I can announce that the Manco of SIOPSA has approved a research project with me as Project Leader aimed at uncovering what the humane work place of the future need to look like within the frame of the radical 4IR transformation. In the process, concurrently uncovering the necessary realignments of our profession in all its facets – in focus, content, and mode of delivery – to the future work place in order to make and keep our profession future-fit. The project will be funded by the National Department of Science and Technology.
The research project is made up of five work streams, each led by a senior IOP and younger, IOPs with at least 5-8 years of experience: Work stream 1: Expected future world of work; Work stream 2: The IOP Profession’s response to the future work place; Work stream 3: IOP’s future Moral-Values-Ethics Base; Work stream 4: Future-required IOP training and development; and Work stream 5: Needed IOP research regarding 4IR.
Intended Research Process
The research work streams will be addressed through an online, Zoom-enabled, future search conferencing. The purpose of the future search conferencing will be to explore collaboratively in knowledgeable, groups, possible futures and fit-for-purpose IOP responses to the challenges of the identified futures.
Five, 1,5 hours, Zoom-enabled, future search sessions will be held – 10 days apart – successively covering the five work streams.
The finalised output from the research process will be shared in a comprehensive, four-hour Symposium at our 2020 SIOPSA Conference with further enrichment and extension with identified IOP stakeholders in order to arrive at a finalised outcome.
Expected Outcome of the Research Project
The expected research outcome will be a ‘white’ paper – a position paper – to serve as a critical, future-referenced policy document to direct and guide the IOP as science-practice – in the academic, research and practice spheres – with the aim of making and keeping IOP future-fit. But also, to provide input into the SA national initiative regarding 4IR. The report may also be published as a book.
The position paper will be shared as widely as possible through the SIOPSA structures; the social media; conference presentations; articles – academic and popular; workshops/ sessions with universities IOP Departments and IOP practitioner forums; and national policy forums.
Invitation to attend
A special appeal please. The five online sessions are voluntarily restricted to IOPs who either are reading extensively around the work place of the future, especially w.r.t. the 4IR; are currently undertaking in-depth research into the DIVAS-infused work place of the future; or are in practice setting up such work places in their organisations (a maximum of 50 IOPs in total for each Zoom session, who can be the same or different by session).
It is critical to note that the online sessions are about collaborative information sharing, and NOT about merely attending to listen and take away. This will happen at the Future Work Place Symposium at our 2020 SIOPSA Conference. So as an earnest appeal, please select or de-select yourself honestly accordingly from participating in the online sessions, given the above attendance pre-requisite.
Participants will be acknowledged by name in the final report.
DATES AND SESSION CONVENORS
- Beginning and end times: 15h30 for 16h00, ending at 17h30
|WORK STREAM SESSIONS||SUGGESTED DATES||SESSSION CONVENOR|
|Work Stream 1: Changing world of work||29 June 2020||Dr Ruwayne Kock|
|Work Stream 2: Our IOP Response||9 July 2020||Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus|
|Work Stream 3: IOP’s future Moral-Values-Ethics Base||20 July 2020||Dr Sharon Munyaka|
|Work Stream 4: IOP Training and development||30 July 2020||Shirleen Titus|
|Work Stream 5: IOP Research||12 August 2020||Prof Crystal Hoole|
Conference fee: R 200 for all five sessions (If you have paid already to attend the previously scheduled 19 March and 21 May 2020 conference, your payment will be carried forward) For any queries please contact Jan-Hendrik Barnard at SIOPSA accounts: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants will receive and email prior to each worksession to register for the session whereafter an email with the unique joining link will follow.