Expanding Perspectives on Work and Performance:

A Collaborative Workshop


August 13, 2010

University of Colorado at Boulder


The domain of "work" is often considered the province of technical or management knowledge alone. This one-day, collaborative workshop is intended to expand our perspectives on understanding work, and performance, through three interactive sessions and a collaborative planning session for future development.

The workshop is open to participants from universities, research organizations, and industry. The workshop brings together perspectives on work and performance from three widely different domains, for the purposes of intellectual exploration, integration of research with practical problems, and building future collaborations.


Click here for complete workshop schedule with presenter information.

The workshop opens with an introductory session considering an intellectual framework for understanding work and performance in living systems, including humans.

This introduction will be followed by the first main session, by Robert Levin and Michael Lightner, which will explore limits and trade-offs on performing work in biological and manufactured systems.


The second workshop session, by Jessica Pearson and Stan Deetz, expands on the theme of performance with a presentation on performance in dance: human performance, artistic performance, and the challenges of the work of choreography. This session continues with a presentation on how communication in organizations can be understood in terms of dance and jazz composition.

The third session, presented by Clayton Lewis with discussion by Donna Caccamise, provides participants with the opportunity to learn about practical challenges in work and performance for people with cognitive disabilities and with the opportunity to integrate perspectives from the first two sessions with these challenges.

The closing session will bring together perspectives from the three main sessions and provide for the opportunity for future collaborative development.

This interactive and collaborative event is available through advance application /registration only. Registration is limited. Registration includes workshop attendance, pre-workshop materials, a sponsored lunch, and all breaks and refreshments. Thanks to our sponsors, there is no registration fee for this first year's event.


This workshop has been developed in collaboration with:

        Center for the Integrative Study of Work (CISW), CU-Boulder

        Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado

        Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society (ATLAS), CU-Boulder




        Department of Theatre and Dance

        Institute of Cognitive Science

        Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research


Go to workshop schedule and presenter information


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