The future of work and life design


In this research project, we investigate how organizations and policy makers can shape tomorrow’s work design and tomorrow’s lifestyle. Specifically, we assess current needs and possible interventions in the following areas: Work design, work-life interaction, and equal opportunities. 

Project goal

The goal of this project in threefold. First, we investigate how organizations can design jobs, workplaces, and work arrangements that meet the challenge of an increasingly diverse and demanding workforce. Second, we examine how the interaction at the work-life and work-family interfaces can be improved, resulting in mutual benefits. Third, our study will identify ways how employees with diverse backgrounds can gain equal opportunities in employment, job promotion, and payment. The project will yield insight into the perceived need for action and the endorsement of particular interventions in these three core areas.


The empirical part of this project will be based on a representative sample of the population in the state of Bavaria. Based on the results of this project, we will derive recommendations for organizations and policy makers in terms of measures and action plans.

Cooperation partners/funding

We thank our cooperation and funding partners:

Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSS)
European Social Fund (ESF)

Project reference

StMAS-LG-4-126779 (A4-LG-023/11)

Statement of compliance

To comply with legal requirements (ex post transparency according to § 19 Abs. 2 VOL/A) we announce the acceptance of tender as follows:
Awarding authority: Technische Universität München, Lehrstuhl für Strategie und Organisation, Prof. Dr. Isabell Welpe, Leopoldstr. 139, D-80804 München
Successful tenderer: Consumerfieldwork GmbH, Steendiek 43, D-21129 Hamburg
Award procedure : free-hand
Manner and extent: sample survey of male and female participants in Bavaria, 4168 interviews
Period of service provision: 21.09.2011-16.01.2012

Project team

Dr. Isabelle Kürschner   

Dipl.-Psych. Maria Strobel

Dipl.-Psych. Andranik Tumasjan

Prof. Dr. Isabell M. Welpe