Monday Keynote Address:
Putting the organization back in work disability research: Do we need to think more theoretically?
Monday September 29
09:00 - 10:00
Organizations exist to control and coordinate resources to produce a series of products. Work disability programs exist to support organizations to prevent and manage work-related injuries and illnesses. The challenge is the tremendous variability in organizations within which work disability programs exists or with whom work disability programs collaborate. Leadership commitment to managing disability may vary. Organizational performance incentive structures vary making it challenging for supervisors to be supportive. Firm size may constrain resources that can be committed. Consequently, it should not be surprising systematic reviews or workplace-based disability programs do not find string evidence for their effectiveness. Using data from the Ontario Leading Indicators Project a set of propositions are developed about the relationship between organizations and work disability programs. A new theoretical approach is introduced as a possible guide to further organization-based work disability research.
Ben Amick received his PHD in social epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale School of Medicine in Psychosocial Epidemiology. He worked in the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment as a Policy Analyst while completing his PhD. Ben has worked at The Health Institute at New England Medical Center with appointments at both Harvard in the School of Public Health and Tufts School of Medicine, Rice University and the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston and currently at Florida International University in Miami. During his academic career he has consistently had appointments at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto Canada. Currently, he is a Senior Scientist actively engaged in research on leading indicators, interventions to improve safety and reduce disability and translating research to practice.