Call for Papers: “Precarious Work” Stream at 2018 ILPC

Precarious Work in Comparative Perspective
Call for Papers for Stream at the 2018 International Labour Process Conference (ILPC)

Stream Organizers:
Arne L. Kalleberg (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and
Steven P. Vallas (Northeastern University)

This stream focuses on theory, research and policy regarding precarious work in both advanced capitalist and developing countries. By precarious work, we mean work that is uncertain, insecure and in which risks are shifted from employers and governments to workers. For the majority of workers affected in advanced capitalist countries the expansion of precarious work represents a dramatic shift in the very logic that governs work under contemporary capitalism. For workers in developing countries, the growth of precarious work has created additional insecurity and uncertainty in the formal sector of their economies. Though these developments have been much studied, much remains unknown.

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Call for Papers: EGOS 2018 Sub-theme on Inclusive Organizations and Knowledge Workers’ Mobility

EGOS 2018 – Tallinn, Estonia
Sub-theme 50: Inclusive Organizations and  Knowledge Workers’  Mobility

We would like to announce the sub-theme on Inclusive Organizations and Knowledge Workers’ Mobility that we convene with my colleagues from the Netherlands and Lithuania at the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) in Tallinn. The  conference takes place in Estonian capital on 5-7 July, 2018.

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Call for Papers: American Journal of Community Psychology

CALL FOR PAPERS: Understanding and Strengthening the Child- and Youth-Serving Workforce in Low-Resource Communities 
A special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology

Guest Editors:
Elise Cappella, Erin Godfrey, & Anil Chacko

Achieving the intended outcomes of policies and programs to support children and youth in low-resource communities is largely driven by the quality of the staff and services. Yet there is growing recognition that many child- and youth-serving providers are under-prepared to achieve the goals of their work. Research on teachers and teaching is plentiful but less is known about individuals who work with youth in systems as varied as child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and mental health—individuals whose positions are often unstable, underpaid, and/or part-time. Rich and rigorous empirical, conceptual, and practice-oriented articles focused on the child- and youth-serving workforce are needed to better understand and advance workforce development and organizational interventions, and thereby achieve the goal of enhancing the lives of young people in low-resource communities.

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Call for Papers: 2018 WFRN Conference

“OpenScience: Assumptions and Translation of Work and Family Research” 
June 21-23, 2018
(June 20, 2018 Pre-Conference Workshop) 
Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington DC, USA 

The Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) invites the submission of abstracts for the 2018 Conference on “OpenScience: Assumptions and Translation of Work and Family Research.” The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2017. Continue reading “Call for Papers: 2018 WFRN Conference”

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Socio-Economic Review

Call for PapersContesting Markets: How Organizations and Social Movements Shape the Political Economy

Special Issue of Socio-Economic Review

Guest Editors:
Neil Fligstein (University of California-Berkeley)
Doug McAdam (Stanford University)

Submission deadline: September 1, 2017
Publication of the special issue in the Socio-Economic Review: 2019

For the past 20 years, scholars of social movements and those who study corporations have been in dialogue. We have witnessed a vibrant exchange about how social movements challenge firms to change their strategies, create the conditions to support new industries, and explain the emergence of new markets as reflecting social movement like processes. For example, social movements have successfully altered the tactics of firms in the apparel and forest product industries (Bartley, 2003) and in biotechnology (Weber, Rao, and Thomas, 2009; for a review see King and Pearce, 2010). They have led to the legitimation of new industries like hospice care (Livne, 2014) and the market for insurance viaticals (Quinn, 2008).  Scholars interested in the process of market emergence and change have viewed market formation processes as akin to social movements as they require the creation of new products, new firms, new identities, and political solutions to market contentiousness (Haveman, Rao, and Thomas, 2007; Lounsbury, Ventrusca, and Hirsch, 2003).  Fligstein and McAdam (2012) have proposed a more general theory of social spaces that explain why these different kinds of links exist between social movements and market fields.

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Call for Papers: EGOS Sub-theme on Organization Studies and Industrial Relations

Organization studies and industrial relations: Overlapping concerns and new possibilities 

Sub-theme for EGOS 2017, 33rd EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

Markus Helfen, Freie Universität Berlin 

Andreas Pekarek, The University of Melbourne 

Rick Delbridge, Cardiff University 

Today’s relationship between organization studies and industrial relations research is marked by a strange absence of dialogue. In contrast to earlier periods (Child et al., 1973; Maurice et al., 1980; Streeck, 1981) and in spite of a common theoretical heritage (e.g. Jackson & Müllenborn, 2012), much of the present theorizing in organization studies ignores or obscures the fact that the bulk of organizational activity is undertaken by employees working under formal contracts of employment; hence, labour and employment relations are an important area for theorizing organizations (e.g. Vidal, Adler & Delbridge, 2015). Yet insights from industrial relations research are largely absent from organization studies, and vice versa. In the aftermath of the 2008/2009 crisis, organization scholars have realized anew that organizational practices influence and produce inequality between workers within firms as well as within society, and are themselves affected by societal inequalities (Lawrence et al. 2013; Gray & Kish-Gephart, 2013; Stainback et al., 2010). However, there remains an almost complete neglect of the idea that labour’s voice through unions, collective bargaining, and workplace representation is a mechanism for reducing inequality that has been undermined by recent trends in corporate strategizing and restructuring.

Equally disturbing, in the field of industrial relations, organization studies’ contributions to understanding organizations and organizing are rarely taken into account explicitly, despite considerable interest in related themes such as organizing the unorganized (e.g. Heery, 2009), changes in the organizational forms of unions and employers (e.g. Behrens & Pekarek, 2012), and how industrial relations shape and are shaped by corporate restructuring (e.g. Helfen & Fichter, 2013). It is our contention that both fields of study are ill-served by this absence of mutual engagement and dialogue. 

The subtheme aims to break this silence by reviving the interdisciplinary exchange between the fields of organization studies and industrial relations. By exploring common theoretical ground as well as divergent insights, we invite contributions that reveal how industrial relations helps in understanding how organizations operate in practice, and to uncover how organisation theory assists in resolving puzzles in contemporary industrial relations. Such a dialogue promises insights in at least three important ways:

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