Colloque de Psychologie Ergonomique

Nice, 28-30 septembre 2009






Yrjö Engeström développera un exposé invité sur le thème suivant :
“Expansive concept formation at work: An activity-theoretical analysis of formative interventions in organizations”.


Yrjö Engeström is interested in cultural-historical activity theory and developmental work research in general.

He is Professor of Adult Education and Director of the Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research at University of Helsinki. He is also Professor of Communication at University of California, San Diego, where he served as Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition from 1990 to 1995. He is Honorary Professor in the School of Education at University of Birmingham, UK.

He works within the framework of cultural-historical activity theory and is known for his theory of expansive learning. He studies transformations in work and organizations, combining micro level analysis of discourse and interaction with historical analysis and modeling of organizations as activity systems working through developmental contradictions.

His research groups use intervention tools such as the Change Laboratory, inspired by Vygotsky’s method of dual stimulation, to facilitate and analyze the redesign of activity systems by practitioners, e.g. in health care organizations, banks, and telecommunications companies striving toward new forms of co-configuration and knotworking.

His books include Cognition and Communication at Work (edited with David Middleton, 1996), Perspectives on Activity Theory (edited with Reijo Miettinen and Raija-Leena Punamäki, 1999), Between School and Work: New Perspectives on Transfer and Boundary Crossing (edited with Terttu Tuomi-Gröhn, 2003) and Developmental work research: Expanding activity theory in practice. Berlin: Lehmanns Media (2005).