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The Future of Work goes to the Festival of Work

CIPD Festival of Work

Professor Jacqueline O'Reilly

The University of Sussex Business School attended the Chartered Institute of Professional Development’s (CIPD) Festival of Work conference and exhibition at London’s Olympia on 12 and 13 June 2019.

Business School faculty and staff joined over 300 exhibitors over the two day event attended by over 8000 HR professionals about the challenges facing the industry, their training needs and promoting the School’s Future of Work research hub. The hub provides a focal point for interdisciplinary research on work and employment, bringing together researchers from areas such as: human resources, employment relations, sociology of work and the professions, organisation studies, personnel and labour economics.

Peter Cheese, CEO, CIPD, speaking at a Future of Work guest lecture earlier this year hosted by Ödül Bozkurt, Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management, said:
“The world of work is going through massive transformation with very different working models emerging, driven by the impact of technology, social and demographic change. In the future, we will see much more flexible working patterns, and people working in different, more networked organisational structures.

“For students coming into the HR industry now, there are huge opportunities to influence and be part this change. We can’t necessarily predict the future but we can help create it, and that is profoundly a role for the HR profession.”

Jacqueline O’Reilly, Professor of Comparative Human Resource Management at the Business School who attended the CIPD Festival of Work said: “There are so many important developments taking place in employment research and the HR industry. Innovation is core research theme running through our Future of Work hub, and it was clear from the Festival of Work that digital and AI innovations are central to the HR profession. Too many firms are faced with a confusion of choice and businesses really need help in understanding how they can use and apply the myriad of emerging HR products, software and systems in areas such as appraisal, performance and pay.”

The Business School offers a CIPD-accredited Masters course in Human Resource Management to help future HR professionals navigate the transforming world of work.


By: Serena Mitchell
Last updated: Monday, 17 June 2019