Etudiant doctoral Européen / Programme Marie Curie "changing employment"


Domaines d’expertise

Sociologie du Travail et des Organisations



Thèmes de recherche


Work rationalisation and intellectual work of engineers in high performance work organisations


The main goal of this part of the Changing Employment program is to research if work rationalization has been taking place in the work organization of highly skilled “white collar” workers, more specifically IT workers. This is an overview of my research questions and themes: 

  • Presumably the intellectual work of IT workers in Europe has been subject to the historical process of work rationalization following the strong growth in the IT sector: in what way does this express itself? More rigorous supervision, the deskilling of work, …?
  • What does this mean for job descriptions and expectations of individual IT workers? What does this mean for the levels of training and education needed to do the job? How does rationalization affect IT education at vocational and university level?
  • What does this mean for the European IT labor market specifically? What kind of vacancies does it produce, how many, and for how many IT workers?
  • What long term prospects can young people expect in the European IT labor market?
  • Which labor market policies do various European governments take that are also applicable and/or relevant to the IT sector in view of the economic crisis?
  • What does this mean for the selection and recruitment process of new workers?
  • Given the situation of ever increasing labor productivity and the creation of a true world market, is there a trend towards rising levels of precarious jobs, a downward pressure on wage levels?
  • If there is such a trend, what is the human cost? How do IT workers feel about the evolutions in their workspace? How does management in the IT sector handle this issue?


Mise à jour : octobre 2013