March 2016, Theme 1

Theme 1 - Management & Employees

Just like the other Themes, most members of Theme 1 are busy with finishing their PhDs.

For the Project Open Day at University of Strathclyde in November 2015, Theme 1 ESRs prepared a joint poster about their research on Romanian and Spanish labour reforms and trade unions’ responses based on case studies, which is now displayed on the ChangingEmployment website.

In the last months Theme 1 has been working extensively on publications. Sara, Mona and Dragos submitted a joint paper to ChangingEmployment Research Paper Series, received reviews and currently are working on the revisions.

Meanwhile the Theme 1 book project edited by Valeria Pulignano, Paul Stewart and Holm-Detlev Köhler is developing further. ESRs are working on their draft chapters. The book is planned for publishing in November 2016.

The main objective of the book is to examine management and employee relationships within the context of current transformations, taking place not only at the macro-level (e.g. Europeanisation, privatisation, precarisation of work and the current crisis) but also at the level of the organisation as processes of restructuring and outsourcing. Specifically, we aim at understanding the challenges these transformations pose to management and employees as well as employers and trade union organisations, and to study the responses and strategies provided by those social actors at different levels. Contribution deal with crucial questions such as, what are the societal challenges posed by transnationalisation? What are the responses provided by capital and labour? To what extent has transnationalisation concurred to reduce solidarity while increasing the scope for complexity and conflict at work? What are the effects of transnationalisation on employee relations? These are some of the central issues in the book.

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