Social Fund (ESF)
The European Social Fund (ESF) helps people
improve their skills and, consequently, their job prospects.
Created in 1957, the ESF is the EU's main source of financial
support for efforts to develop employability and human resources.
It helps Member States combat unemployment, prevent people from
dropping out of the labour market, and promote training to make
Europe's workforce and companies better equipped to face new,
The ESF is one of the EU's four Structural Funds, which were set
up to reduce differences in prosperity and living standards and
help areas of Europe which, for one reason or another are suffering
difficulties. This is usually referred to as 'promoting economic
and social cohesion'. To do this, the ESF spends European money
on the achievement of the goals agreed in the European Employment
This strategy is bringing together the 25 Member States to work
at increasing Europe's capacity to create good jobs, and providing
people with the skills to fill them.
Syndex is a consultant company specialised
in providing assistance to workers representatives: works councils
in France, European works councils at the community level and
the committees for the hygiene, safety and working conditions
Syndex provides the workers representatives with social and economic
analysis on the company they work for, so that they can anticipate
and identify risks, specifically in their social aspects.
Every year, Syndex realises approximately 2.000 missions of which
150 annual cases related to restructuring processes in its economic
aspects as well as in its social aspects.
Frédéric Bruggeman and Bernard Emeriau, members
of the project steering committee, have been in charge of the
international coordination. Dominique Paucard has carried out
the cross country analysis on innovations and restructuring processes.
This team has been helped by Maxime Petrovski, researcher, Nathalie
Fauvarque who has been in charge of the project logistics and
administration and Ghislaine Peneaut who organises the implementation
of the web site.
In the field of international comparisons, the project has beneficiated
from the participation of Donald Storrie now working with the
European Monitoring centre on Change (Dublin) and of Bernard Gazier,
professor of Economics at Paris 1 University (MATISSE).
du Travail (UET)
Established in September 1999, the UET (European
University of Work) is a network which undertakes, outside traditional
academic premises and methods, a wide variety of activities with
its European partners related to work and labour issues: seminars
and transnational symposia, ongoing workshops and conferences,
European social engineering at the request of corporations and
social partners, research and research-action activities, training
The UET contribution to the MIRE project comes from Claude-Emmanuel
Triomphe, UET general delegate, member of the project steering
committee and from Maxime Petrovski, researchers.
The UET co-organised in June 2003 with the “Centre d’Étude
de l’Emploi” and the EMCC a colloquia « responsible
restructuring in Europe »where the MIRE project partnership
On the occasion of the MIRE project, the UET
has worked together with Rachel Beaujolin-Bellet, specialist in
job and restructuring management practices, teacher-researcher
in human resources management in Reims
Management School (RMS). She has been in charge of the coordination
and the scientific management of the French activities of the
MIRE Program and member of the project steering committee.
Institut Arbeit und Technik (IAT)
Institut Arbeit und Technik (IAT) is an institute
of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, focused on research
and development. Its task is to develop and to evaluate innovative
solutions for ongoing structural changes within in the economy,
work, employment, and the workforce. Through generic research,
the institute contributes to the understanding of knowledge-based
economies and the trends and driving forces behind them.
The IAT contribution to the MIRE project comes
from Matthias Knuth senior researcher, head of the research unit
“trends in employment”, member of the project steering
committee and Gernot Müghe, researcher.
The Institute for Psychology of Work,
Unemployment, and Health (IPG)
The Institute for Psychology of Work, Unemployment
and Health (IPG) at Bremen University works on national and
international projects on health effects of unemployment, socialization
to work, health promotion and the evaluation of the effectiveness
of interventions for unemployed persons to limit the health
impact of unemployment and to improve the reintegration into
the labour market. The IPG organises international conferences
on unemployment and health issues in the context of the Scientific
Committee Unemployment, Job Insecurity and Health of the International
Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) that is chaired by
Thomas Kieselbach since 2000 as head of the IPG.
The IPG contribution to the MIRE project
comes from Thomas Kieselbach senior researcher, head of the
IPG, member of the project steering committee and from Debora
Institute for Management of Innovation
and Technology (IMIT)
The Institute for Management
of Innovation and Technology (IMIT) is a scientific Institute. Its
aim is to pursue and promote research and development in technical
and industrial renewal and administration, as well as participating
in training in this sphere. Research is primarily concerned with
how the benefits of technical development can be improved by providing
knowledge of industrial management and economics. IMIT acts as a
creative link between the development of scientific knowledge in
institutes and actual industrial renewal work. Research and development
is carried out in collaboration with different organizations.
The IMIT contribution to the MIRE project comes from Ola Bergström
senior researcher, member of the project steering committee, and
Andreas Diedrich, researcher.
Le Laboratoire d’étude
sur les nouvelles technologies, l’innovation et le changement
LENTIC is a multidisciplinary
research centre of Management School at the University of Liège
(Belgium). It focuses on economic, organisational and strategic
aspects of innovation processes, with special emphasis on organisational
change, social relations and restructuring process. It is often
called upon to meet external demands in these fields. Its team consists
of a dozen researchers belonging to different fields of study such
as economics, sociology, psychology, or management.
For several years, LENTIC has
participated in many investigations related to change management,
the emergence of new organisational forms and organisational restructuring.
The work is financed by Belgian or European institutions, and also
by private companies eager for a socio-organisational accompaniment
of the fields studied.
The LENTIC contribution
to the MIRE project comes from Brigitte Rorive, then François
Pichault, senior researchers, Directors of the LENTIC, members of
the project steering committee and Frédéric Naedenoen,
Gelica Dalon and Mélanie Antoine, researchers.
The Working Lives Research Institute
The Working Lives Research Institute
is based within London Metropolitan University and undertakes socially
committed academic and applied research nationally and at a comparative
international level, into all aspects of working lives, emphasising
equality and social justice, and working for and in partnership
with trade unions.
The WLRI contribution to the
MIRE project comes from Steve Jefferys, head of the WLRI, and Sian
Moore, researcher, both members of the project steering committee,
with the help of Geof Luton, researcher and former trade unionist.