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The Future of Work and Employment
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The Future of Work and Employment

9781786438249 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Adrian Wilkinson, Professor and Director, Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing, Griffith University, Australia and Visiting Professor, University of Sheffield, UK and Michael Barry, Professor, Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources, Griffith University, Australia
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78643 824 9 Extent: 264 pp
This cutting-edge book charts the latest ideas and concepts in employment relations research. Mapping out the intellectual boundaries of the field, The Future of Work and Employment outlines the key research and policy outcomes for work and employment in the age of digitisation and artificial intelligence.

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This cutting-edge book charts the latest ideas and concepts in employment relations research. Mapping out the intellectual boundaries of the field, The Future of Work and Employment outlines the key research and policy outcomes for work and employment in the age of digitisation and artificial intelligence.

Internationally renowned contributors unpack the implications of the latest developments in employment relations, from the rise of the gig economy to the role of platform companies, from perspectives such as employment (in)security, equity, fairness, wellbeing and voice. Reviewing the extant literature on the future of work, and exploring the biggest issues facing the modern workforce, this book argues for a research base that allows more sober reflections on the grand claims that dictate the future of work.

Empirically-grounded and incisively-argued, the book forms critical reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of business and human resource management, featuring insight into the latest developments in the field. Researchers, policymakers and practitioners will also benefit from its implications for policy and its blending of theory and practice.
Critical Acclaim
‘‘The book The Future Of Work And Employment edited by Australian scholars Adrian Wilkinson and Michael Barry recently caught my eye. It tackles a massive subject and takes that subject seriously. It also provides a wide range of perspectives on the title, and a variety of insights into how your career might soon be affected. If your work calls for a deeper understanding of any of these topics, this book provides a useful resource.’
– Michael Arthur, Forbes

‘Many talk about the future of work. This volume refreshingly replaces grand pronouncements, sweeping generalizations, and a narrow focus on technology and the gig economy with thoughtful, nuanced reflections on a wide range of challenges. Taken together, this collection of stimulating chapters results in a robust research agenda that should help define the future of the future of work.'
– John W. Budd, University of Minnesota, US, and author of The Thought of Work
Contributors
Contributors: C. Bailey, M. Barry, C. Brewster, J. Cushen, F. Flanagan, D. Foden, V. Gekara, R. Gomez, D. Grant-Smith, J. Healy, P. Holland, S. Kaine, B.E. Kaufman, G.Kirton, A. Madden, P. McDonald, G. Murray, D. Peetz, A. Pekarek, K. Ravenswood, D. Snell, H. Thomas, E. Trevor-Roberts, A. Wilkinson
Contents
Contents:

PART I THE CHANGING CONTEXT
1 Understanding the future of work 2
Adrian Wilkinson and Michael Barry

PART II CHANGING PRACTICES
2 Work ‘or’ employment in the 21st century: its impact on the
employment relationship 19
Chris Brewster and Peter Holland
3 Unpaid work experience and internships: a growing and
contested feature of the future of work 33
Paula McDonald and Deanna Grant-Smith
4 Diversity and inclusion in a changing world of work 49
Gill Kirton
5 Contemporary challenges in meaningful work 65
Catherine Bailey and Adrian Madden
6 Employment and work in Europe: improvement or just change? 83
David Foden

PART III THE FUTURE OF THE FUTURE OF WORK
7 Financing the future of work: who pays? 103
Jean Cushen
8 Future of Work (FoW) and gender 119
Sarah Kaine, Frances Flanagan and Katherine Ravenswood
9 Biotechnological change and its implications 139
David Peetz and Georgina Murray
10 Work and wages in the gig economy: can there be a high road? 156
Joshua Healy and Andreas Pekarek
11 The growing disruptive impact of work automation: where
should future research focus? 174
Victor Gekara and Darryn Snell
12 Governing Global Production Networks in the new economy 189
Huw Thomas
13 Navigating the future of work to build meaningful careers 204
Edwin Trevor-Roberts
14 The future of employee engagement: the challenge of
separating old wine from new bottles 223
Bruce E. Kaufman, Michael Barry, Adrian Wilkinson and
Rafael Gomez

Index 245

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