CALL FOR PAPERS
Scientific Workshop: New Firms and the Quality of Work – Working Conditions in the New Economy. Employee and employer perspectives
February 20-21, 2014: Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW) Tübingen, Germany
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Newly established firms have been increasingly attracting economic, political and scientific attention. Whereas research from industrial economics shows that start-ups contribute to quantitative changes in employment, only little is known about the quality of employment relationships and the conditions of work in new firms. In the more general context, studies from work science and ergonomics points to ongoing and substantial changes in working conditions, job strain and work relations. This research, however, only occasionally deals with qualitative aspects of work in newly established firms.
Since entering firms crowd out and replace existing firms, they contribute to a restructuring of the economy, including the forms of employment and work as well. Moreover, newly established firms are often at the technological forefront and frequently contribute to opening up entirely new markets. Thereby, they are potentially able to set the scene for working conditions by initiating a new industry "framework" that is substantially oriented towards their own needs, not least because (formal) institutions of employee participation play only a minor role. Bridging the gap between labor market studies, work science and entrepreneurship research may thus enhance the understanding of trends in both qualitative aspects of work and firm dynamics.
The present workshop aims at shedding light on these interrelations between newly established firms, new industries and new forms of work. It intends to link previously unconnected areas of research by bringing together scholars from different fields who can contribute to advancing our knowledge at these interfaces. Contributions, which may be of empirical or theoretical nature, might address, but are not limited to the following research topics:
- Firm and industry dynamics and new forms of work organization,
- Structure and dynamics of working conditions and quality of work in new firms and incumbents,
- Human resource management and strategies of new firms,
- Formal and informal worker participation and collective bargaining in young firms,
- Compliance and the quality of work in young firms,
- Self-employment and freelance work – dynamics of organization and working conditions.
The call invites the submission of full papers addressing the above mentioned and related topics at various levels of analysis and with different methodologies (quantitative, qualitative as well as analytic).
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Marco Caliendo [University of Potsdam and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)]
- Prof. Dr. Lutz Bellmann [Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and University of Erlangen-Nürnberg]
- Dr. Claudia Bogedan [Hans Böckler Foundation]
- Prof. Dr. Mike Geppert [University of Surrey]
- Oliver Hecker [Union for Mining, Chemical Industry and Energy (IGBCE)]
- Prof. Dr. Kerstin Pull [University of Tübingen]
- Prof. Dr. Harald Strotmann [Pforzheim University]
Local Organizing Committee at IAW:
Important Dates and Organization:
Junior or senior researchers who wish to present their contributions at the workshop are invited to send a full paper or an extended abstract to the Local Organizing Committee no later than October 31, 2013. Full papers will be preferred. The decision for acceptance of papers will be communicated by November 15, 2013. In order to stimulate discussion at the workshop, each presenter will be asked to discuss one of the presented papers.
There is no fee for participating at the workshop.
Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW), Ob dem Himmelreich 1, 72074 Tübingen, Germany
The workshop is organized as the final part of the research project "Newly Founded Firms and Changes in Employment Relationships" funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation.