• Thu

    Online Course: “New Work @EIPA: Healthy Leadership, Healthy Employees and Resilient Organisations – Wellbeing at Work”, October 21-22 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    Online Event

    The pandemic has intensified the discussion about increasing flexibility in working times, places of work and the home office, and what these might mean in terms of shaping the world of work in the longer term as the ‘new normal’. Work 4.0 or New Work, with the demand for ‘purpose’, will continue to demand more from organisations and HR management. Empowerment, personal responsibility, self-organisation, collaborative forms of work, sustainability, flat hierarchies, project structures, resilience, employee engagement and other keywords are cited as areas for action.

    Individualisation in HR management will increase. Lifelong learning and the personal responsibility of employees for their own development are bringing change to HR management. Employability – skills, health and employee engagement – must be promoted at every phase of life. Attractive offers are desirable not only as part of recruitment (employer branding), but as part of employee retention as well. Good working relationships and conditions offer accompanying incentives, including those with a view to employee retention. Well-being in the workplace and life balance also become more important in the intergenerational perspective.

    The coronavirus pandemic in particular has created uncertainty, mental strain and differences of opinion in society as well as among workforces (death of family members, existential fears in some cases, multiple stresses in home offices, attitudes towards vaccines). As a result, the orientation and communication requirements on managers and HR management have increased. The requirements for employee-focused leadership are increasing.

    The role of manager will be decisive in determining the success or failure of the (digital) transformation in the world of work. Transformational, inspirational or even employee-focused leadership has long been a topic of discussion, and is only increasing in relevance. The attitudes and mindsets of the workforce need to be shaped. Employees need to be inspired to accept new things and thus to embrace processes of change in order to ensure the enduring implementation of reforms.

    Managers are currently having to cope with the crisis, a challenge that is also seeing them act as role models. Over the past year, virtual leadership or ‘remote leadership’ has turned into a challenge overnight, as homeworking has increased. In times of crisis, and in view of increasing flexibility in working times and places of work, trust and control through goals, traditional management structures and time measurement systems have begun to partly replace previous patterns (control mechanisms). New forms of cooperation and collaboration need to be promoted and managed virtually, fears need to be minimised, resilience (including your own) needs to be strengthened, and communication needs to be encouraged. Within this, the personal responsibility of employees can be relied upon.

    A range of experiences is relevant to the reorientation of leadership development moving forward. Agile structures are likely to become the new normal, as well as aspects of Work 4.0 and New Work. The next generation of managers needs to be adequately prepared. In addition to the development of skills and promoting engagement, health promotion that is geared towards prevention is increasing in importance – also when it comes to employer attractiveness. With mental health in mind, it is important to configure good working relationships and conditions. Good leadership and collaboration as well as a working environment characterised by appreciation are becoming key areas for action within today’s health strategies in administration. Physical health and resilience (both individual and organisational) are slowly becoming core issues, especially within the context of absenteeism in public administration.

    Read more here.

  • Thu

    Workshop: “Differentiation in EU’s foreign and security policy”, October 21-22 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Florence, Italy

    A workshop aiming to advance the scholarly debate on differentiation in EU’s foreign and security policy by providing a more comprehensive understanding of this increasingly important phenomenon, its underlying logic, manifestations, and the consequences for the coherence of this policy area.

    Read more here.

  • Thu

    EIPA Conference: “Making European Policies Work – Next Generation EIPA”, October 28 (EIPA, Maastricht)

    10:00Online Event

    This year EIPA is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Much has changed compared to EIPA’s early days, yet the challenge of helping implementation of European policies by administrations at all levels of governance remains at the heart of EIPA’s mission.

    The past decade, with the euro crisis, the migration crisis, and now the pandemic, has shown what it means to be part of a multilevel system. In close cooperation with national and European administrations, our anniversary event “Making European Policies Work – Next Generation EIPA” will address the need for improvements in the EU’s multilevel administrative system to ensure ownership for objectives and reforms for the years to come.

    How to design our multi-level administrative arrangements? How to improve mutual learning and transnational cooperation? What role should political leadership and citizen engagement play in this process?

    We will look at the new challenges for EU policy implementation from three perspectives:

    • the design of multi-level administrative arrangements;
    • the contribution of mutual learning and transnational cooperation; and
    • the role of political leadership and citizen engagement.

    The conference will conclude with an address by Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission.

    Full programme and registration here.

  • Mon

    Conference: “Challenged and Changing Political Leadership in West-Russian Relations”, November 1 (LIIA, Latvia)

    17:00Riga, Latvia

    Riga Dialogue is a two staged conference, first a high-level closed-door international conference in cooperation with European Leadership Network, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Nuclear Threat Initiative, and the Russian International Affairs Council. Followed by a public discussion on the framework of the annual Riga Dialogue, concerns topic of “Challenged and Changing Political Leadership in West-Russian Relations”.  The conference aims to promote and discuss mutually beneficial and converging visions of the Euro-Atlantic security order. The upcoming Riga Dialogue 2021 Papers will elaborate on the ideas presented during the discussions.

    Further information is available here.

  • Mon

    Training Course: "EU Project Management", November 15-19 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    College of Europe, Bruges

    The EU Project Management training course is a one-week interactive journey along with the life of EU-funded projects, from programming to project design, proposal writing, budgeting, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation. High level experienced practitioners lead participants through a curriculum based on the latest project management methodologies.

    Bruges, Belgium
    15-19 November 2021


  • Mon

    Conference: “The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism”, 29 November (IWE CERS, Hungary)

    Hybrid event

    The topic of the conference this year is ‘The changing repertoire of state intervention to promote development in an unfolding new world order’. The SVOC conference will be organized in a hybrid form (depending on the pandemic situation) with both onsite and online sessions. Contributions to SVOC2021 should be related to the general theme of the conference, especially but not exclusively focusing on the following topics:

    1. Enhancing the theoretical framework of Varieties of Capitalism (VoC) research
    2. The (comparative) analysis of contemporary variants of state capitalism
    3. Developmental states in the twenty-first century
    4. Democratisation/re-democratisation and the developmental state;
    5. Is there any convergence to be seen across successful development strategies in the emerging world, or “varietas delectat”?
    6. Post-crisis, alternative trajectories and models of sustainable human development
    7. New perspectives of post-crisis development: focusing on the social component
    8. Consequences of the crisis for changes in the level of democracy/democratisation processes
    9. Environmental considerations in varieties of capitalism
    10. The monetary-fiscal link in state-led intervention

    The keynote speakers will be:

    • Professor Elizabeth THURBON (Scientia Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Sidney)

    Keynote title: Governing for Development in a Crisis-Plagued World: Can We Map a Way Forward?)

    • Professor László BRUSZT (Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of Democracy Institute, Central European University)


    The SVOC2021 conference is organized by the Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies and Democracy Institute, Central European University.

    Format: hybrid (with both onsite and online sessions)

    Learn more here.

  • Mon

    Conference: “7th The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism (SVOC): The changing repertoire of state intervention to promote in an unfolding new world order”, November 29-30 (IWE CERS, Hungary)

    Budapest, Hungary

    The SVOC2021 conference is organized by the Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Budapest, Hungary and Democracy Institute of Central European University.

    Entering the third decade of the twenty-first century, both the world economy and economics as a social science face important challenges that call for paradigmatic changes, maybe even for new paradigms. New trends and challenges emerging (or intensifying) globally during the past few years require the reconsideration of national development strategies to adapt to a post-crisis era from a situation in which these realities were not anticipated, let alone could anyone prepare for them. These changes have important consequences for the role states play in actively promoting development and economic growth in the twenty-first century, while also significantly shaping their internal policy responses to these new developments.

    Following the global financial and economic crisis of 2008-9 and, more recently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one can observe different types of active state interventions and growing state involvement to revive economic growth and development throughout the world compared to the pre-crises period. Correspondingly, governments must act under new constraints posed (or intensified) by new challenges, which require the reconsideration of the repertoire of developmentalist policies and state interventions. This has led to a renewed interest in the analysis of the role of the state in economic growth and development in general and to a renaissance of comparative capitalism research in particular, with a special focus on the post-crisis varieties of capitalism. Furthermore, this change in the role of the state and governments have important consequences for the state of democracy and democratisation in less developed countries.

    Learn more here.

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