Work, Employment and Flexibility

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Work, Employment and Flexibility

Innovation, Technology and the Changing World of Work

9781035309351 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Peter Holland, Professor of Human Resource Management, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, Chris Brewster, Professor of International Human Resource Management, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK and Nadia K. Kougiannou, Associate Professor in Human Resource Management, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03530 935 1 Extent: c 272 pp
This insightful book examines the evolving landscape of work in the context of rapidly developing information and communication technology and Artificial Intelligence. It argues that while in the twentieth century there was a standardisation of work style, the twenty-first century is seeing the creation of ever more flexible forms of work, epitomised by the rise of the gig economy.

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This insightful book examines the evolving landscape of work in the context of rapidly developing information and communication technology and Artificial Intelligence. It argues that while in the twentieth century there was a standardisation of work style, the twenty-first century is seeing the creation of ever more flexible forms of work, epitomised by the rise of the gig economy.

Exploring the changing nature of work in the context of previous and ongoing industrial revolutions, contributors map out the interplay between technology, flexibility and regulation. They discuss how the dynamics of the workplace have shifted in light of a growing platform economy and since the COVID-19 pandemic. The implications of virtual flexibility are also highlighted, including issues around surveillance, work-life balance and role of trade unions. Ultimately, they articulate the broader topics and challenges of the emerging workplace in terms of learning development, employability, disadvantages and supply chains.

Championing fresh perspectives on workplace culture post-pandemic, Work, Employment and Flexibility is an essential read for scholars and students of human resource management, organisation innovation and information systems. It also provides key insights for anyone involved in employment relations, or health and wellbeing at work.
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Contents
About the editors vii
List of contributors viii
PART I HISTORICAL AND EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE
1 The changing nature of work, employment and flexibility 2
Peter Holland, Chris Brewster and Nadia K. Kougiannou
2 Exploring the shifting landscape of work and
employment: the interplay between technology, flexibility,
and regulation 14
Nadia K. Kougiannou and Pedro Mendonça
3 The evolution of flexible working patterns 35
Clare Kelliher
PART II PATTERNS OF FLEXIBILITY
4 Time: working any time 50
Daniel Wheatley
5 Working from where? The dynamics of workplaces 73
Ilona Bučiūnienė, Rūta Kazlauskaitė, Tugce Yerlitas and
Marius Kušlys
6 Work in the platform economy: a broad perspective and
its policy implications 95
Angela Garcia Calvo
7 Employment from the pandemic onwards: European
trends on platform work and teleworking and the case of Spain 112
Amaya Erro-Garcés, Angel Belzunegui-Eraso and
Antonio Fernández García
PART III WORKING AND COMMUNICATION IN THE
VIRTUAL WORKPLACE
8 Workplace communication in the age of virtual flexibility 134
Nadia K. Kougiannou and Peter Holland
9 The dark side of 21st century flexible work 149
Tse Leng Tham, Peter Holland and Debora Jeske
10 Treading water or dead in the water? The future of unions
revisited through power analysis 169
Anthony Forsyth
PART IV CONTEMPORARY ASPECTS OF FLEXIBLE WORK
11 Learning, development and employability 185
Valerie Anderson
12 Flexibility and the disadvantaged, disabled and precarious worker 204
Hannah Meacham and Alyssa Chhim
13 Supply chains and e-supply chains: the impact on
flexibilisation of work and employment 222
Pedro Mendonça
14 Innovation, technology and the changing world of work 242
Peter Holland, Nadia K. Kougiannou and Chris Brewster

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