CRIMT's institutional experimentation project aims to build knowledge and understanding of how to make work better. The research programme focuses on institutional experimentation and its impacts, whether positive or negative, on work at the individual, organisational and societal level. It strives to understand how the various stakeholders — companies, employees, unions, governments and other organisations — make use of, mobilise and transform regulatory institutions in order to improve work.
Work represents a key dimension of people's lives: it plays a major role in their life trajectories and those of their families, provides a meaningful activity and allows them to contribute to community and society. In short, a better world will only be possible if it includes better work — the deterioration of this key dimension of people's lives will lead to the deterioration of the social fabric.
The world of work is currently undergoing significant changes which affect the ways in which people experience their work, participate in their communities and live their lives. Digital technology, new business strategies, the rise of global production networks transcending national boundaries, the transition toward sustainable development, changing identities and values and changes in public policies are examples of some of the major shifts which are transforming work.
The vast majority of people hope to find work that is motivating, inclusive, productive, stable and secure, in which individuals have control over their personal and professional life and can contribute to the success of their work environment and their society, reflecting the idea of "better" work. However, a very different landscape is emerging as a result of the changes currently underway, as the proliferation of fragmented work is increasingly dividing communities. This programme will lead to a better understanding of the processes of institutional experimentation; and in particular, those which may respond to this important social challenge.
At many levels and in different national, institutional and organisational contexts, social stakeholders (employers, governments, unions, NGOs) are seeking to change the various institutions that regulate labour. The stakes are high because these experiments will shape our future economies and communities. One of the biggest challenges is to incorporate an understanding of these processes and to encourage the social stakeholders to take part in shared learning.
THE CRIMT institutional experimentation for better work project is funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (CRSH) and the John-R.-Evans Leaders Fund of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (FCI) which supports an innovative technological platform for this project.
The project is also supported by CRIMT, the French acronym for the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work. The CRIMT is an interdisciplinary and interuniversity research centre which strives to develop knowledge on how to make work better. Based at Université de Montreal, Université Laval and HEC Montréal, CRIMT brings together more than 150 co-researchers located in 23 Canadian universities and 44 institutions and universities abroad. The CRIMT research programme provides an environment for leading international research and training in industrial relations, human resource management, labour law, labour studies, geography, sociology, economics, politics and management.