Webinars on Labor and Employment Relations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) is hosting a series of webinars on “Labor and Employment Relations During the COVID-19 Pandemic” and you are invited to attend.

These webinars, planned to begin April 23, will take place on Thursdays, hosted by a mix of LERA Industry Councils, Interest Sections, and Local Chapters. The one-hour facilitated sessions will begin with brief comments by leading experts (5 minutes each), followed by open forum dialogue.  

The overarching aim is to deepen understanding and appreciation for the breadth of labor and employment relations matters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These webinars are free to anyone who would like to join us. We request that you register for each webinar separately, and do not share, forward, or post the webinar links and passwords to ensure the security of each webinar session.

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April 23rd,  12 – 1 pm EST (New York Time)

LERA Policy Forum

“COVID-19 Crisis Calls from Government, Industry, and Labor”

Speakers:
Catherine Feingold (AFL-CIO and ITUC)
Sandy Jacoby (University of California, Los Angeles)
Tom Kochan (MIT)
Wilma Liebman (National Labor Relations Board, former)
Alan Wild (IBM, former; and HR Policy Association)

Moderator:  Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld (Brandeis University)

Register for April 23 @ 12 EST 

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April 30th, 12 – 1 pm EST  (New York Time)

LERA Dispute Resolution Interest Group

“Virtual Dispute Resolution During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Speakers:
Richard Fincher (Workplace Resolutions LLC)
Janet Gillman (Oregon Employment Relations Board) T
om Melancon
 (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service)

Moderator: Mark D. Gough (Penn State University)
 
Note:  This webinar will explore some of the benefits and challenges of conducting mediation, arbitration, and collective bargaining through video conferencing.  Speakers will share their experiences in developing and carrying out virtual dispute resolution programs at state and federal government levels and in private practice.

 Register for April 30 @ 12 EST 

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May 7th, 12 – 1 pm EST  (New York Time)

LERA Health Care Industry Council

“On the Front Lines in the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Speakers:
Dennis Dabney (Kaiser Permanente)
Peter Lazes (Cornell University, retired)
Jim Pruitt (Kaiser Permanente)
Hal Ruddick (Alliance of Health Care Unions)
Bonnie Summers (BlueCross BlueShield Association)

Moderator:  Paul Clark (Penn State University)

 Register for May 7 @ 12 EST 

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May 7th, 1:30 – 2:30 pm EST  (New York Time)

Labor Journalism and Media

“Journalists Discuss Covering Work and Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Speakers:
Josh Eidelson (bloomberg)
Lauren Gurley (Vice)
Noam Scheiber (New York Times)
Nitasha Tiku (Washington Post)

Moderator:  Steven Greenhouse (New York Times, retired) 

Register for May 7 @ 1:30 EST

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May 14th – 10:00-11:00 EST (New York Time)

LERA Local Chapter Session — Midwest Region, organized by the Detroit LERA Local Chapter

“Keeping Your People Engaged Using a Structured OD Approach”

Speakers:
Elizabeth Chiaravalli (Michigan State University)
Terry Morgan (NLRB-region 7)
Freya Weberman, (MEA/NEA Local 1)

ModeratorRobert Chiaravalli (Strategic Labor and Human Resources, LLC)

Register for May 14 @ 10:00 EST 

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May 14th, 12 – 1 pm EST  (New York Time)

LERA Higher Education Industry Council

(jointly with National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions)

“Higher Ed Collective Bargaining and Shared Governance in Responding to COVID-19”

Speakers:
Theodore H. (Terry) Curry (Michigan State University)
William A. Herbert (Hunter College, City University of New York)
Risa L. Lieberwitz (Cornell University and American Association of University Professors)

Register for May 14 @ 12 EST 

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May 21st, 12 – 1 pm EST  (New York Time)

LERA Work and Human Resources Network

“Low Wage and Gig Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Speakers:
Janice Fine (Rutgers University)
David Lewin (UCLA)
Sarah Thomason (University of California, Berkeley)
David Weil (Brandeis University)

Moderators:  Tashlin Lakhani (The Ohio State University) and Xiangmin (Helen) Liu (Rutgers University)

Register for May 21 @ 12 EST 

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May 28th, 12 -1 pm EST  (New York Time)

LERA Local Chapters Session — Eastern Region, organized by the New Jersey LERA Chapter

“Labor Relations in Times of Pandemic”

Speakers:      
Peter Cipparulo (CWA Local 1038)
Adrienne Eaton (Rutgers University)
Eric Meyer, Esq. (FisherBroyles LLP)
Patrick Westerkamp, Esq. (Westerkamp ADR, LLC)

Moderator: Jonathan F. Cohen, Esq. (Plosia Cohen LLC)

Register for May 28 @ 12 EST 

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June 4th, 10 – 11 am EST(New York Time)

LERA International and Comparative Interest Section

“Implications of COVID-19 for Workers: International Comparisons of Government, Employer and Union Policies and Practices”

Speakers:
Fang Lee Cooke (Monash University, Australia)
Greg J. Bamber (Monash University, Australia and Newcastle University, UK)
Martin Behrens (Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, Germany)
Harry Katz (Cornell University)

Moderator: Janice Bellace (University of Pennsylvania)
 
Note:  Fang will cover China; Greg will cover Australia; Martin will cover Germany; Harry will cover USA.

Register for June 4 @ 10 EST 

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The outreach to launch these sessions began with the leadership of the Industry Councils, Interest Sections, and Local Chapters.  In some cases, we have gone beyond these categories, but they continue to be the point of departure for our planning.  We are now in discussions on scheduling these additional potential sessions:

  • Construction Industry Council and the Labor Studies and Union Research Interest Group, including Dale Belman (Michigan State University), Bob Bruno (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and others
  • Labor Markets and Economics Interest Section, including Peter Berg (Michigan State University) and others.
  • LERA Local Chapters in Eastern, Central, and Western Regions
  • K-12 Industry Council
  • Public Sector Industry Council
  • Sports and Entertainment Industry Council

LERA members interested in contributing to the organization of Industry Council, Interest Section, or Local Chapter sessions should contact the LERA COVID-19 webinar organizing group here: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Bill Canak, and Wilma Liebman.

LERA can host multiple sessions on the same date, either before (10 a.m. EST/New York Time) or after (1:30 p.m. EST/New York Time) a scheduled noon session, so additional sessions are possible.

LERA COVID-19 Webinar Organizing Group

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brandeis University, LERA Industry Council/Interest Section Coordinating Committee Chair
Wilma Liebman, NLRB (former), incoming LERA President-Elect
William Canak, MTSU (ret.), LERA NCAC Chair

Call for Applications: Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences

Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences: Linking Theory and Empirical Research
Berlin, July 20 – 30, 2020

We are delighted to announce the 10th edition of the Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school aims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week program creates an excellent basis for the development of their current research designs.

In the first week, we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation, and micro-macro linkage that occur in almost all research efforts. We strive for a clarification of the epistemological foundations underlying methodological paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and other related disciplines.

In this second part of the program, participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topic. The thematic areas covered are: “Global Governance & International Relations”, “Citizenship, Migration, and Identities”, “Social Struggle and Globalization”, and “Democracy at the Crossroads”.

The program is characterized by a varied format comprised of lectures, workshops, seminars, and a one-to-one consultation. During the summer school, participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work extensively. Participants will be provided with hands-on advice for their research designs.

The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars. Among the confirmed international lecturers are Ann Swidler (UC Berkeley), David Stark (Columbia University and University of Warwick), Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore), Felix Berenskoetter (SOAS University of London), Hendrik Wagenaar (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna and King’s College London) and Vera Troeger (University of Warwick).

The Berlin Summer School was co-funded by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Details on the location and tuition fees can be found on our webpage: www.berlinsummerschool.de

The international summer school is open to up to 60 PhD candidates, advanced master students, and young postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage until March 22, 2020.

The decisions of the selection committee will be announced to the applicants in April. If you have any further questions, please contact the organizing team at bgsssumm@hu-berlin.de

Call for Applications: The Warwick Summer School on Practice and Process Studies

UPDATE: “At Warwick we have decided to offer a free place at our Summer School on Practice and Process Studies for scholars who are affiliated with an institution based outside of Europe, North America, Australasia or East Asia, or who are resident there. We are looking to support scholars who document practices in non-traditional settings.”

The Warwick Summer School on Practice and Process Studies

Practice, Process and Issues of Scale in Global Challenges (13-16 July, 2020)

Following on from our highly successful Summer Schools in the last seven years, we are pleased to announce the 2020 Warwick Summer School on Practice and Process Studies.

The Workshop takes place from Monday 13 July to Thursday 16 July on the University of Warwick campus, Coventry, UK. The School is programmatically multi-disciplinary and open to a variety of approaches and sensitivities. It is organised by Warwick’s Practice, Process, and Institutions (PPI) Research Programme in collaboration with the International Symposium Series on Process Organization Studies (PROS).

The variable theme of this year’s summer school focuses on the issue of Scale in Global Challenges. An increasing number of scholars is interested in studying global challenges, such as climate change, poverty, health technologies, policy making, etc. Capturing such large-scale phenomena can be a challenge for practice and process scholar:  Should we take a micro or macro lens? Where should we look? How do we connect small scale and large-scale phenomena? How about local actions and global actions? In the summer school, we will advance these discussions in two ways: We will (1) rethink the methods we use to study phenomena of societal importance, and (2) shift from scale as a category of analysis to scale as a category of practice.

This year the school is programmatically aimed at advanced PhDs students and early career scholars who already have substantial experience with process and practice approaches in their research.

Full details for the event, which includes information about the application and registration fees, can be found on our website.

To apply, please submit your application by February 28th via this link

If you have any questions please email Katharina Dittrich.

Call for Papers and Workshop Participants: ASA Methods Section mid-year meeting + Arizona Methods Workshops

ASA Methods Section mid-year meeting + Arizona Methods Workshops, March 20-22, 2020

Please join us for an exciting event co-hosted by the American Sociological Association Methods Section and University of Arizona Sociology. It will be held in Tucson at one of the most beautiful times of the year. Come for the one-day meeting, or the two-day workshops, or both. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/swtqh5d

DAY 1 (March 20): Methods Section meeting

The theme is “Replication & Rigor in Social Science,” broadly defined.

Come share your research! Travel funds for graduate students are available. Submissions accepted through January 15th, 2020: https://tinyurl.com/methods2020

Confirmed participants include:

  • Jeremy Freese (Stanford)
  • Erin Leahey (Arizona)
  • David Melamed (OSU)
  • Jim Moody (Duke)
  • Martín Sánchez-Jankowski (Berkeley)
  • Katherine Stovel (Washington)
  • Corey Abramson (Arizona)

Questions? Contact methods2020@gmail.com

DAYS 2 and 3 (March 21-22): Arizona Methods Workshops

 MORNING WORKSHOPS (SAT-SUN 8:30—Noon)

  • Social Network Analysis, James Moody (Duke)
  • Introduction to Sequence Analysis, Katherine Stovel (Washington)
  • Observing and Analyzing Everyday Behavior, Martín Sánchez-Jankowski (Berkeley)

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS (SAT- SUN 1:30-5pm)

  • Qualitative Data Analysis with ATLAS.ti, Corey M. Abramson (Arizona)
  • Producing Transparent and Reproducible Research, Jeremy Freese (Stanford) 
  • Introduction to R, Jeffrey Oliver and Keaton Wilson (Arizona)

Workshops start at $300 and graduate students can apply for the Scott Eliason Award to cover workshop fees.  For more information visit: https://sociology.arizona.edu/methods

Questions? Contact coreyabramson@email.arizona.edu

Call for Applications: Medici Summer School – Strategies for the Future of Work

XII Edition of the Medici SchoolStrategies for the Future of Work (June 15-19, 2020)

We are pleased to announce the organization of the XII edition of the Medici Summer School in Management Studies for doctoral students and young researchers which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, June 15-19, 2020. The school is organized and sponsored by Bologna Business School (University of Bologna), HEC Paris (Society and Organizations Research Center and the HEC Foundation), and MIT Sloan School of Management (Economic Sociology PhD Program).

Mission

The Summer School is designed to promote doctoral education and research in organization theory and related fields (economic sociology, management studies, strategy) and contribute to the development of enlightened practice in the management of business organizations. The Medici Summer School advocates a special focus on cross-fertilizing research across North American and European traditions. The Summer School is a unique educational program for qualified doctoral students interacting with thought leaders in the management field who have shared their knowledge and wisdom on frontier research topics.

The Medici School combines lectures and research seminars by prominent international scholars with active engagement by participating students. Every day of the one-week program is scheduled to end with the presentation of students’ research related to the topic of the School and with a panel of senior faculty providing feedback. There is no fee to participate.

Selected candidates will be fully covered in their accommodation expenses provided that they stay the full week. However, transportation is not covered by the organizers.

Theme: Strategies for the Future of Work

Over the past few years, the world of work has witnessed many important changes. The digitization and digitalization of products, services and processes have revolutionized how sellers and customers behave, the way firms produce and are organized, and the very notion of value capturing and competition. The experience of working has become more fluid: people seem to have more opportunities to change and combine jobs as the waves of freelancers, contractors and part-time workers participating in the Gig Economy illustrate. Deployment of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics has provided organizations with opportunities to boost productivity, innovation and growth, and has helped dramatically improve the well-being and quality of life for the vast majority of people around the world. Simultaneously, economic and social disruptions often followed those technological and institutional changes, with lasting results for workers, their families, and their communities. Along the way, new skills, occupations, and industries replaced older employment models, challenging established assumptions and setting novel priorities.

The goal of the XII edition of the Medici Summer School is to zoom in on the strategic challenges that characterize the future of work. Changes in the nature of work in fact, open the door to new ways of organizing, affecting how organizations behave, what managers and workers do at work, the ways people experience their jobs and think about work. For social scientists, the opportunities associated with the study of the future of work allow for exploring new ideas, relationships and logics of organizing. The increasing availability of data also present great opportunities for engaging with unorthodox methodologies that are often needed to tackle complex causal interdependences that cut across social, technical, political as well as disciplinary boundaries.

The School will bring together leading researchers who focus on advancing our knowledge on how work has changed and will change, and the ensuing implications for organizations, workers, and institutions. In particular, our goal is to discuss cutting-edge organizational research that sheds new light on theoretical mechanisms, processes as well as methodological approaches that can enhance our understanding of major questions around the future of work. This theme choice reflects a sense of excitement about what can and has been learned from integrating technology- and organization- related concepts and constructs with those existing in current organizational, managerial and entrepreneurship theories.

Program and Faculty

The host faculty members include representatives from the three cosponsoring institutions and those who have been organizing the Summer School over the years. Host faculty at this year’s summer school include Ezra Zuckerman Sivan and Emilio J. Castilla (MIT); Simone Ferriani and Gianni Lorenzoni (Bologna); Rodolphe Durand (HEC Paris); and Gino Cattani (NYU). In addition to the host faculty, the Summer School will bring together guest faculty who are leading strategy, organizations, sociology, and social psychology scholars. The five days of the School are tentatively organized as follows:

  • Day 1, June 15: Lead faculty: Peter Cappelli, The Wharton School
  • Day 2, June 16: Lead faculty: Ruthanne Huising, EMLYON Business
    School
  • Day 3, June 17: Lead faculty: Klarita Gërxhani, European University
    Institute
  • Day 4, June 18: Lead faculty: Steve Barley, University of California,
    Santa Barbara
  • Day 5, June 19: Lead faculty: András Tilcsik, University of Toronto

Each faculty member will be in residence at the School for several days, allowing ample time for one-to-one sessions, knowledge sharing, and networking opportunities.

Application procedure

The School will admit 20-25 student participants. Applications are welcome from current Ph.D. students in Management, Strategy, Organization Theory, Economic Sociology, and related disciplines from universities worldwide. Students for the Summer School will be selected in accordance with the quality of their doctoral curricula, research interests, and application materials. Applications from students who have completed at least two years of doctoral training will be considered, with preference given to those who have satisfied their course requirements and qualifying exams but have not yet embarked on their dissertation research. Applications from post-docs will also be considered.

There is no application or participation fee. Student participants will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses to and from Boston, but the Summer School will cover all accommodation and board expenses during the week of sessions provided that students attend the entire week.

Applications should include:

  • A simple statement declaring that the applicant is interested in being
    considered for admission to the Summer School together with the
    applicant’s contact information: email address, telephone, and mailing address. All of this should be in the body of an email sent to the address below.
  • Curriculum vitae listing educational background, Ph.D. program, scholarly achievements, nationality, etc.
  • A motivation letter (no longer than 1 page) indicating the applicant’s current research activities and their specific interest in the proposed topic for the 2020 Summer School.
  • A brief recommendation letter from one faculty member of their dissertation committee.
  • Applicants are also encouraged (but not required) to submit an extended abstract or discussion note that they could present during the Summer School. The Selection Committee will evaluate the relevance of this paper to the 2020 School theme.

All application materials should be sent by March 6th, 2020 exclusively via email to the following address: mit_medici2020@mit.edu with application Medici Summer School in the subject of the email. For any specific inquiry or clarification please also contact mit_medici2020@mit.edu.

Admitted candidates will be notified by April 10th, 2020.

More details about the Medici School, theme and application procedure here.

Call for Participants: Global and Transnational Sociology Research Clusters

We are writing to inform ASA members of the Global and Transnational Sociology (GATS) Section’s recently-formed research clusters. These clusters provide a forum to develop social networks, disseminate ideas and papers, explore opportunities for collaboration, and discuss methodological and theoretical issues specific to research on global and transnational processes. Currently, clusters are organized around the following themes:

  1. Arts, Culture, and Religion: contact Shai Dromi, shai.dromi@g.harvard.edu
  2. Gender and Sexuality: Vrushali Patil, vrushali.patil@gmail.com
  3. Global Environmental and Climate Crisis: John Foran, Foran@soc.ucsb.edu
  4. Global Human Rights: Kristopher Velasco, krisvelasco@utexas.edu
  5. Global Populism: Marco Garrido, garrido@uchicago.edu
  6. Social Movements: Selina Gallo-Cruz, sgallo@holycross.edu

The section is committed to providing support for the research clusters. In previous years, this has meant providing tables for research clusters to meet prior to the GATS business meeting. However, research clusters meet as often as they desire and members decide the level of commitment required of one another.

For those interested in joining a cluster, please visit the website for further information (https://asaglobalandtransn.wixsite.com/asa-gts/research-clusters-1) or directly contact cluster leaders (listed above). For general inquiries, or if you’d like to create a cluster, please contact the coordinator, Jake Watson: jtwatson@bu.edu.