Dr. Suzanne Janssen works as an Assistant Professor at the department of Technology, Human, and Institutional Behavior. Her research focuses on practices of work, communication, and collaboration in the context of intelligent technologies in organizations (e.g., robots, AI). More specifically, she is interested in the dual role of technology in the work of professionals, the ambivalence that employees may experience towards technologies, and the transformative role of technologies in organizations. Her work is mainly of qualitative nature and examines the situated uses of specific technologies "as used in practice." So far, her research has been published in Journal of Vocational Behavior, International Journal of Management Reviews, and Group & Organization Management. In 2018, she received a NWO Veni Grant (NWO Talent programme) to conduct a multi-year project (A robot as colleague) on the implications of using robots in organizations. In 2015, she defended her PhD at University of Twente, Cum Laude.
My current research focuses on understanding the (unforeseen) sociocultural consequences of intelligent technologies in organizations. I investigate how work practices, organizational structures, and organizational cultures change when introducing new technologies. An important aspect of my research is to investigate how employees experience new technologies and how they actually use them.
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Courses Academic Year 2023/2024
Courses Academic Year 2022/2023
Working Life in the Robot Age: Employees’ Experiences in Working with Robots (NWO Veni Grant; awarded 250K; 2019 - 2023)
As robots become more and more advanced and integrated into working life, it is important to understand their impact on employees. This project is a first critical step in addressing this challenge by investigating how employees integrate robots in their work and how working with robots is linked to fundamental processes of employee motivation and well-being. It will also examine the mutual shaping of human-robot collaborations and social practices in organizations (e.g., collaboration, communication).
Smart Skills @ Scale (S@S): Toward a future proof skilled Smart Industry (NWA-ORC Grant; PI: Stephan Corporaal, Saxion, with Maaike Endedijk, UT; awarded 8.3 million euros; 2024 - 2032)
Smart Skills@Scale connects Smart Industry communities, 450 SMEs, social partners, educational partners, and research groups in an eight-year program to realize a major breakthrough towards a sustainably employable workforce. In this unique nation-wide ntework, we realize a scalable skills approach that encourages production workers and organizations to engage in continuous re- and upskilling and keep up with and contribute to smart technology development. We stimulate the development of human-centric production systems, smart workplaces, jobs & careers, and (regional) partnerships. With this integrated approach, we empower production employees and organizations to achieve a human-centric, resilient, and sustainable Smart Industry sector.