ASA 2014 OOW Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: Section on Organizations, Occupation, and Work at ASA, San Francisco 2014.  Online Paper Submission System will open on December 6, 2013. The deadline for submission is January 8, 2014 at 3:00pm EST

OOW membership now exceeds 1,000 –  we earned additional session at ASA 2014!

1.      Work and Family:  New Challenges, New Directions

This session seeks papers that address the growing challenges of combining work and family. Papers can consider how employers and places of work have responded to the overlap between work and family. They may also explore ways workers have coped with the competing demands of both. The goal of the session is to shed light on interesting new developments in research drawing from a variety of research methods related to work and family. Session Organizer:

Julie Kmec, Washington State University


2.      Changes in Employment Relations and Their Consequences

The session will seek papers that explore causes and consequences of changes in models, norms, and institutions about employment relations. Topics may include contingent work, outsourcing, contracting, new forms of management practices, and institutional dynamics affecting bargaining power of various actors in the labor market.  Papers may examine empirical evidence at any level of analysis including individuals, groups, workplaces, organizations, communities, and countries. Session Organizer: Taekjin Shin, University of Illinois.


3.      Work and Occupations Inside Organizations

Most contemporary workers and professionals perform their work inside organizations. This panel welcomes empirical papers related to work and occupations inside organizations. Session Organizer: Kate Kellogg, Massachusetts Institute of

Technology and Michel Anteby, Harvard University.


4.      Organizations and Social Inequality

We invite papers on the role of organizational structures, processes and actors in mediating and shaping socio-

economic inequality. Papers may deal with macro or micro processes, contemporaneous or historical, local or comparative. Inequality can relate to class, gender, or race, their intersection or another dimension. The hope is to broaden our notion and study of the organizational and managerial underpinning of social inequality. Session Organizer: Alexandra Kalev, Tel Aviv University.


5.      Work, Careers, Organizations, and Labor Markets in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Fields

Political leaders of both parties and academics identify robust and well-supplied STEM labor markets as crucial for national competitiveness and economic growth. However, while movement and churn are common in most contemporary labor markets, there are reasons to be especially concerned about STEM. First, rapid technological change and innovation can render some STEM skill sets obsolete. This creates challenges for all STEM workers, especially as they age or take time out for family caregiving.  Second, women and some racial/ethnic minorities remain persistently under -represented in STEM fields, despite decades of investment by academic administrators, firms, and the NSF in attempts to increase equity.  Third, professional socialization reproduces cultural patterns of exclusion within many STEM fields.  Papers will focus on one or more of these issues within STEM workplaces, careers, organizations, labor markets, including the

challenges that certain types of workers face in entering and succeeding in STEM fields and/or the implications of these patterns for broader issues, including, for example, equity, innovation, and immigration policy. Session Organizer:

Mary Blair-Loy, University of California-San Diego


6.      Getting a Job – 40 Years Later: Advances in Labor Markets and Networks Research (co-sponsored with Section on Economic Sociology)

To celebrate the 40th year anniversary since the publication of the seminal book, Getting a Job: A Study of Contacts and Careers (1974) by Mark Granovetter, we invite innovative research on how networks interact with labor markets. We welcome studies that use from a broad array of methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, simulations, experiments), at different levels of analysis, and from multiple theoretical perspectives. Session

Organizers: Emilio J. Castilla, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Nina Bandelj, University of California-Irvine.


7. Section on Organizations, Occupations and Work Roundtables.  Session Organizers: Christina

Falci, University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Eric Dahlin, Brigham Young University.


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