Across Boundaries: The Global Challenges Facing Workers and Employment Research

15 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2013

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Gregory Jackson

Freie Universität Berlin

Sarosh Kuruvilla

Cornell University

Carola M. Frege

London School of Economics - Department of Industrial Relations; Rutgers - School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR)

Date Written: September 2013

Abstract

The overall complexity of employment relations today raises new challenges for scholars to extend their work across the boundaries of particular geographies, organizations, theoretical perspectives and disciplines. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British Journal of Industrial Relations, this article introduces key aspects of global challenges facing employees and research on employment relations. Drawing on the articles of this anniversary issue, we identify several theoretical concepts drawn from the wider social sciences that have proven useful in understanding global challenges around global value chains, transnational and multi‐level institutional frameworks, and the role of global finance. We also identify and discuss the emergence of new actors that have a growing salience for global employment research and the establishment of more global forms of worker representation. By further developing theoretical concepts around these global challenges, we argue that employment relations research will increase its dialogue with and distinctive contribution to wider debates in the social sciences.

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Gregory and Kuruvilla, Sarosh and Frege, Carola M., Across Boundaries: The Global Challenges Facing Workers and Employment Research (September 2013). Across Boundaries: The Global Challenges Facing Workers and Employment Research 50th Anniversary Spe, Vol. 51, Issue 3, pp. 425-439, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2317690 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12039

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Sarosh Kuruvilla

Cornell University ( email )

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Carola M. Frege

London School of Economics - Department of Industrial Relations ( email )

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Rutgers - School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) ( email )

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