I am interested in the psychology of working life - and all questions related to it. Since the beginning of this decade I have studied and marvelled the development of Finnish society and working life. It may interestingly be analyzed as reflexive modernization or as the age of unreason (Beck, Handy). But the truth is that the jobs decline, the projects multiply. Experts are needed, consulting increases. During the last year I have studied - together with Karin Filander - how the university students develop themselves (vs. are educated) to experts.
A new area of expertize: tutoring to working life (and a new book) is in process of birth. Simultaneously the wage system in the Finnish working life is changing. The job evaluation is coming - the more demanding the job the larger should the wage be. The demands of concrete work, physical load and even empathy can be measured exactly enough. But how is it possible to measure the demands in an expert job? The psychic load and the expertize itself are less studied and poorly conceptualized. I am analyzing professional and semi-professional work and developing conceptual basis for the measurement of demands of such jobs.
Together with the questions of expertize and professions, I am interested in learning. Greatly influenced by theories of double-loop learning (Argyris, Handy) and development of expertize (Engeström) I have experimented with different methods of teaching, activating the students to question and study autonomously. The subject of courses has been neuropsychology - my old favourite and a real challenge to win the negative bias of students interested in psychology but not in nervous system. The courses have been fun (according to feedback also from students) and learning results well.