Organisations, Work and Society
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?