Organisations, Work and Society

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC17 Sociology of Organization (host committee)

Language: English

The focus of this session are the social consequences of current developments and trends in the organisation of work. How work is socially organised can change rapidly in response to technological advances, such as digitalisation, changing regulations and changes in the global political landscape. These changes can expose pathologies but also provide opportunities for social integration around the social and political organisation of work. This raises question such as: does digitalisation as an increasingly dominant form of organising work generate or kill jobs? What forms of regulation are needed to address the potentially harmful consequences of new forms of work organisation? What politics are needed to create more equal opportunities for meaningful work in the labour market? These rapid changes open possibilities for new forms of organisational power along with global, national and local inequalities.

Specifically, this session invites papers addressing one of the following questions:

a)    What are recent technological trends in the organisation of work and how can they be critically assessed in terms of shifting forms of power and emerging inequalities?

b)    How do new forms of organising work exploit existing or require new forms of regulation of labour processes?

c)     What implications do the rise of recent forms of populism and protectionism have for the future organisation of work in societies?

Session Organizers:
Norbert EBERT, Macquarie University, Australia and Tobia FATTORE, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University, Australia
Tobia FATTORE, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University, Australia
Oral Presentations
Experimenting with Wellbeing: Ubi, Immaterial Labour and the Production of Uncertainty
Lisa ADKINS, University of Newcastle, Australia; Hanna YLÖSTALO, University of Helsinki, Finland
Flexibility or Flexploitation: Shifting Power Relations in Organisation of Work
Evren HOŞGÖR ÇIMEN, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey; Rabia ULUYURT, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey
Work in the Platform Economy – Policy Challenges in the Face of Gender Gap and Intergenerational Inequality
Johanna HOFBAUER, Department of Sociology, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria; Dominik KLAUS, University of Vienna, Austria
Do New Digital Technologies Generate or Kill Jobs
Melanie ARNTZ, ZEW Mannheim & University of Heidelberg, Germany; Terry GREGORY, ZEW Mannheim, Germany; Florian LEHMER, IAB Nuremberg, Germany; Britta MATTHES, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Germany; Ulrich ZIERAHN, ZEW Mannheim, Germany