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WOW - Work and Organisational Well-being.



ERC Sectors

LS7_10 - Public health and epidemiology
SH1_5 - Financial markets, asset prices, international finance
SH1_10 - Human resource management, labour economics
SH3_9 - Spatial development, land use, regional planning
SH4_3 - Neuropsychology and clinical psychology


Research topics

The scientific activities of the WOW group focus on the promotion of health and well-being in workplaces. Ongoing research programs cover the following areas:

  1. Work-life balance, welfare policies, strategies, and practices in favor of balance.

  2. Job insecurity, turnover, and emotional dissonance.

  3. Relationship between leadership and followership styles.

  4. New technologies, recovery, and the right to disconnect.

  5. Job satisfaction, work engagement, and flow experiences.

  6. Job-related stress and quality of working life: risk and protective factors.

  7. Mourning therapy, vicarious traumatization, and emotional exhaustion.

  8. Ageing workers and workability.

  9. Job sustainability throughout work-life span.

  10. Job burnout in helping professions.

  11. The reciprocity of the well-being of care providers and recipients.

  12. The relationship with recipients: demand or resource? (verbal aggression from recipients; ambiguous, excessive relational demands versus gratitude from recipients).

  13. Quality of working life in the academic context.

  14. Workplace violence and aggressions (i.e., incivility, harassment, mobbing, stalking).

  15. Volunteering: motivation and participation.

  16. Cognitive ergonomics.

  17. Psychological aspects of space missions.

  18. Neurodiversity and urban mobility.

  19. Technology transfer.

  20. Decision making under resource scarcity.

  21. Learning process and individual-community interaction.

International collaborations

  • Judy Arnetz - School of Medicine, Michigan State University, USA.

  • Arnold B. Bakker - Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

  • Michelle Bligh - Claremont Graduate University, USA

  • Matti Ullah Butt - Business Administration Department, National College of Business Administration and Economics (NCBA&E), Lahore, Pakistan

  • Eric Davoine - FSES - Université de Fribourg, Suisse.

  • Evangelia Demerouti - Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

  • Celine Desmarais - Professeure. Directrice du MAS Human System. Engineering (HSE). Haute Ecole d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du canton de Vaud, Swisse.

  • Arturo Juarez Garcia - UAEM- Cuernavaca, Mexico.

  • Pedro Gil-Monte - Department of Social Psychology, University of Valencia, Spain.

  • Cristina Girardo - Colegio Mexiquense, Toluca, Mexico

  • Eloisa Guerrero Barona - Facultad de Educacion, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain.

  • Imke Hindrichs - UAEM- Cuernavaca, Mexico.

  • Juhani Ilmarinen - Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland.

  • John Kesner - University of Atlanta, Georgia.Prof. Robert Lord - Durham University Business School, Durham University, Durham, England.

  • Birgit Schyns - Durham University Business School, Durham University, Durham, England.

  • Sophie Wodociag - CREGO, University of Haute-Alsace and Psychology Department, Mulhouse, France.

National collaborations

  • Piergiorgio Argentero - Department of Psychology, University of Pavia.

  • Enrico Bergamaschi - Department of Pediatrics and Public Health, UNITO.

  • Gianluca Biggio - Department of Psychology, Tuscia University (Viterbo).

  • Laura Borgogni - Department of Psychology, Sapienza University (Rome).

  • Nicoletta Bosco - Department of Culture, Politics, and Society, UNITO.

  • Margherita Brondino - Department of Human Science, University of Verona.

  • Andreina Bruno - Department of Educational Science, University of Genoa.

  • Massimo Caccia - Department of Science and High Technology, University of Insubria.

  • Marco Cantamessa - Department of Management and Production Engineering, Turin Polytechnic.

  • Federica Cena - Department of Informatics, UNITO.

  • Michela Cortini - Department of Psychological, Health, and Territory Science, G. D'Annunzio University (Chieti).

  • Annamaria Fantauzzi (Prati-Care) - Nursing School, UNITO.

  • Silvia Gilardi - Department of Political, Economic, and Social Science, University of Milan.

  • Chiara Guglielmetti - Department of Political, Economic, and Social Science, University of Milan.

  • Emanuela Ingusci - Department of Psychology, Salento University (Lecce).

  • Roberto Keller - Adult Autism Centre, Mental Health Department, ASL City of Torino

  • Alessandro Lo Presti (and the I/O research team) - Department of Psychology, Vanvitelli University (Caserta).

  • Nicola Magnavita - Sacred Heart University (Rome).

  • Massimo Miglioretti - Department of Psychology, Bicocca University (Milan).

  • Marcello Nonnis (and the I/O research team) - Department of Psychology, University of Cagliari.

  • Emilio Paolucci - Department of Management and Production Engineering, Turin Polytechnic.

  • Lorenza Paolucci -  Department of Science and High Technology, University of Insubria (Como).

  • Amon Rapp - Department of Informatics, UNITO.

  • Giuseppe Scaratti (and the I/O research team) - Department of Psychology, Sacred Heart University (Milan).

  • Antonella Varetto - City of Health and Science, UNITO.

  • Luca Vecchio - Department of Psychology, Bicocca University (Milan).


  • “EXPERO 4” project (“Leonardo da Vinci” Program).

  • “Psycho-social risks in funeral operators” project, granted by Compagnia di Sanpaolo (Unito-Sanpaolo).

  • “Humans” project, granted by Regione Piemonte (Fabbrica Intelligente, project leader: Comau)

  • “Except” project (“Horizon 2020” Program), in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Politics, and Society (UNITO).

  • “BRIC” project, granted by INAIL, in collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics and Public Health (UNITO).

  • “Leader Identity”, granted by Durham University and CRT Foundation.


  • Sanofi/Aventis

  • Santa Croce and Carle Hospital (ASO Cuneo)

  • FCA spa (Turin)

  • AFC spa Cemetery of Turin

  • AMOS spa (Cuneo)


  • Eurosearch consultants

  • Municipality of Turin, Educational Services; Culture promotion department; CUG (Equal opportunity Committee); Municipal Police

  • Turin Polytechnic

  • CUG (Turin Polytechnic)

  • Confcommercio (Cuneo)

  • Tenda Services (non-profit organization, Turin)

  • GAIA spa Asti

  • Reale Mutua Assicurazioni


Text Analysis LAB

Text Analysis LAB consisted of a collection of softwares for the text analysis. Softwares developed in the last decades have translated many existing analysis approaches (developed in different theoretical frameworks) into computer procedures. In this view, the LAB collection, covering a large spectrum of softwares to analyze qualitative data, gives to the users the opportunity to choose the most suitable approaches for text analysis, in accordance to the theoretical and methodological perspective adopted (e.g., Grounded Theory, content analysis, quantitative text analyses). Available softwares are: ALCESTE, ATLAS TI, T-LAB, WORDSTAT, LIWC.


Prodotti della ricerca

Acquadro Maran D., Varetto A. (2018). Psychological Impact of Stalking on Male and Female Health Care Professional Victims of Stalking and Domestic Violence. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 321.

Acquadro Maran, D., Varetto, A., Zedda, M., & Magnavita, N. (2018). Workplace Violence Toward Hospital Staff and Volunteers: A Survey of an Italian Sample. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 27(1): 76-95.doi:

Acquadro Maran, D., Zedda, M., Varetto, A. (2018) Physical Practice and Wellness Courses Reduce Distress and Improve Wellbeing in Police Officers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 15(4), 578; doi:10.3390/ijerph15040578

Acquadro Maran, D., Zedda, M., Varetto, A. (2018). Organizational and Occupational Stressors, Their Consequences and Coping Strategies: A Questionnaire Survey among Italian Patrol Police Officers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health15: 166. doi:10.3390/ijerph15010166

Converso D., Sottimano I., Guidetti G., Loera B., Cortini M., Viotti S. (2018). Aging and work ability: the moderating role of job and personal resources. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:2262. doi: 0.3389/fpsyg.2017.02262.

Guidetti G., Converso D., Loera B., Viotti S. (2018). Concerns about change and employee wellbeing: the moderating role of social support. Journal of Workplace Learning, doi: 10.1108/JWL-09-2017-0083 (on-line first).

Guidetti G., Viotti S., Gil-Monte P., Converso D. (2018). Feeling guilty or not guilty. Teacher and burnout syndrome as operationalized by the Spanish Burnout Inventory. Current Psychology, doi: 10.1007/s12144-016-9556-6 (on-line first).

Martini M., Viotti S., Converso D., Battaglia J., Loera,B. (2018). When social support by patrons protects against burnout: A study among Italian public library workers. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, doi: 10.1177/0961000618763716. (on-line first).

Setti, I., Zito M., Colombo L., Cortese C.G., Ghislieri C., Argentero, P. (2018). Well-Being and Affective Commitment among Ambulance Volunteers: A Mediational Model of Job Burnout. Journal of Social Service Research. doi: 10.1080/01488376.2018.1442898

Viotti S., Converso D., Hamblin L.E., Guidetti G., Arnetz J.E. (2018). Organizational efficiency and co-worker incivility: A cross-national study of nurses in the U.S. and Italy. Journal of Nursing Management. doi: 10.1111/jonm.12587 (on-line first).

Viotti S., Essenmacher L., Hamblin L.E., Arnetz J.E. (2018). Testing the reciprocal associations among co-worker incivility, organizational inefficiency, and work-related exhaustion: a one-year, cross-lagged study. Work & Stress, doi:  10.1080/02678373.2018.1436615 (on-line first).

Zito M., Emanuel F., Molino M., Cortese C.G., Ghislieri C., Colombo L. (2018). Turnover intentions in a call center: The role of emotional dissonance, job resources, and job satisfaction. PLoS ONE 13(2): e0192126. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0192126

Acquadro Maran D., Varetto A., Zedda M., Franscini M. (2017). Health Care Professionals as Victims of Stalking: Characteristics of the Stalking Campaign, Consequences and Motivation in Italy. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(17): 2605-2625.

Acquadro Maran, D. Tirassa M., Begotti T. (2017). Teachers' intervention in school bullying: A qualitative analysis on Italian teachers. Frontiers in Education, doi: 10.3389/feduc.2017.00036

Butt M., Yu, H., Soomro, K.A., Acquadro Maran, D. (2017). The ABCE Model of Volunteer Motivation. Journal of Social Service Research, 43(5):593-608. doi: 10.1080/01488376.2017.1355867

Gatti, P., Ghislieri, C., Cortese, C.G. (2017). Relationships between followers' behaviors and job satisfaction in a sample of nurses. PLoS ONE 12(10), e0185905.

Ghislieri C., Gatti, P., Molino, M., Cortese, C.G. (2017). Work-family conflict and enrichment in nurses: between job demands, perceived organisational support and work-family backlash. Journal of Nursing Management, 25(1), p. 65-75. doi: 10.1111/jonm.12284

Ghislieri, C., Emanuel, F., Molino, M., Cortese, C.G., Colombo, L. (2017). New Technologies Smart, or Harm Work-Family Boundaries Management? Gender Differences in Conflict and Enrichment Using the JD-R Theory. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1070. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01070

Miglietta A., Acquadro Maran D. (2017). Gender, Sexism and the Social Representation of Stalking: What Makes the Difference? Psychology of Violence, 7(4): 563-573.

Rapp, A., Tirassa, M. (2017). Know thyself: A theory of the self for personal informatics. Human-Computer Interaction, 32, 335-380. DOI: 10.1080/07370024.2017.1285704

Sottimano I., Viotti S., Guidetti G., Converso D. (2017). Protective factor for work ability in preschool teachers. Occupational Medicine, 67(4), pp. 301-304. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqx031

Viotti S., Guidetti G., Loera B., Martini M., Sottimano I., Converso D. (2017). Stress, work ability, and an aging workforce. A study among women aged 50 and over. International Journal of Stress Management 24(s1), pp. 98-121. doi: 10.1037/str0000031

Bosco, F.M., Gabbatore, I., Tirassa, M., Testa, S. (2016). Psychometric properties of the Theory of Mind Assessment Scale in a sample of adolescents and adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:566. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00566

Brizio, A., Tirassa, M. (2016). Biological agency: Its subjective foundations and a large-scale taxonomy. Frontiers    in         Psychology,    7:41. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00041

Hindrichs I., Juárez-García A., Girardo C., Converso D. (2016). Organizational Wellbeing in CSOs in Morelos (Mexico): Findings from a Qualitative Study. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27(1), pp. 348-366. doi: 10.1007/s11266-015-9568-0

Molino M., Emanuel F., Zito M., Ghislieri C., Colombo L., Cortese C.G. (2016). Inbound Call Centers and Emotional Dissonance in the Job Demands - Resources Model. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:1133. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01133

Zito, M., Cortese, C.G., Colombo, L. (2016). Nurses' Exhaustion: the Role of Flow at Work Between Job Demands and Job Resources. Journal of Nursing Management, 24(1), pp. E12-E22. doi: 10.1111/jonm.12284

Acquadro Maran D., Varetto A., Zedda M., Ieraci V. (2015). Occupational stress, anxiety and coping strategies in police officers. Occupational Medicine, 65(6):466-73.

Brizio, A., Gabbatore, I., Tirassa, M., Bosco, F.M. (2015). "No more a child, not yet an adult": Studying social cognition in adolescence. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:1011. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01011

Converso D., Loera B., Viotti S., Martini M. (2015). Do positive relations with patients play a protective role for healthcare employees? Effects of patients' gratitude and support on nurses' burnout. Frontiers in Psychology, 6: 470. doi:  10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00470

Molino, M., Cortese, C.G., Ghislieri, C., Bakker, A.B. (2015). Do recovery experiences moderate the relationship between workload and work-family conflict? Career Development International, Vol. 20 (7), pp. 686 - 702. doi: 10.1108/CDI-01-2015-0011

Viotti S., Gilardi S., Guglielmetti C., Converso D. (2015). Verbal aggression from care recipients as a risk factor among nursing staff: a study on burnout in the JD-R model perspective. BioMed Research International, Article ID 215267. doi: /10.1155/2015/215267

Zito, M., Bakker, A.B., Colombo, L., Cortese, C.G. (2015). A two-steps study for the Italian adaptation of the WOrk-reLated Flow inventory (WOLF): the I-WOLF. Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 22 (4), 553-570. doi: 10.4473/TPM22.4.8

Acquadro Maran D., Varetto A., Zedda M., Franscini M. (2014). Stress among Italian male and female patrol police officers: a quali-quantitative survey. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 37(4): 875-890.

Bosco, F.M., Capozzi, F., Colle, L., Marostica, P., Tirassa, M. (2014). Theory of Mind deficit in subjects with alcohol use disorder: An analysis of mindreading processes. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 49, 299-307. DOI:10.1093/alcalc/agt148

Bosco, F.M., Gabbatore, I., Tirassa, M. (2014). A broad assessment of theory of mind in adolescence: The complexity of mindreading. Consciousness and Cognition, 24, 84-97. DOI:10.1016/j.concog.2014.01.003

Gatti, P., Tartari, M., Cortese, C.G., Ghislieri, C. (2014). A contribution to the Italian validation of Kelley's followership questionnaire. TPM - Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 21(1), pp. 67-87 (DOI: 10.4473/TPM21.1.5).

Loera B., Converso D., Viotti S. (2014). Evaluating the psychometric properties of the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Human Services Survey (MBI-HSS) among Italian nurses. How many factors must a researcher consider? Plos one, 9(12): e114987. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114987

Biggio, G., Cortese, C.G. (2013). Well-being in the workplace through interaction between individual characteristics and organizational context. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 8 - 19823, pp. 1-13. doi:  10.3402/qhw.v8i0.19823.

Cortese C.G. (2013). Predittori dell'intenzione di abbandonare la professione infermieristica in due ospedali italiani (Predictors of intention to leave the nursing profession in two Italian hospitals). Assistenza Infermieristica e Ricerca, 32(1), pp. 20-27.

Mate, D., Brizio, A., Tirassa, M. (2013). Knowledge construction: The role of the teacher's relational attitudes. In: Styles of practice inhigher education: Exploring approaches to teaching and learning, eds. C. Evans & M. Kozhevnikov, 113-133. London & New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-82605-1

Molino, M., Ghislieri, C., Cortese, C.G. (2013). When work enriches family-life: the mediational role of professional development opportunities. Journal of Workplace Learning, 25 (2), pp. 98-113. doi: 10.1108/13665621311299780.


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