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Contemporary Work and the Future of Employment in Developed Countries

ISBN 9781138490635
Published February 4, 2020 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

Whilst only in the second decade of the 21st century, we have seen significant and fundamental change in the way we work, where we work, how we work and the conditions of work. The continued advancements of (smart) technology and artificial intelligence, globalisation and deregulation can provide a ‘sleek’ view of the world of work. This paradigm can deliver the opportunity to both control work and provide new challenges in this emerging virtual and global workplace with 24/7 connectivity, as the boundaries of the traditional organisation ‘melt’ away.

Throughout the developed world the notions of work and employment are becoming increasingly separated and for some this will provide new opportunities in entrepreneurial and self-managed work. However, the alternate or ‘bleak’ perspectives is a world of work where globalisation and technology work together to eliminate or minimise employment, underpinning standardised employment with less and less stable or secure work, typified by the rise of the ‘gig’ economy and creating more extreme work, in terms of working hours, conditions and rewards. These aspects of work are likely to have a significant negative impact on the workforce in these environments.

These transformations are creating renewed interest in how work and the workforce is organised and managed and its relationship to employment in a period when all predictions are that the pace of change will only accelerate.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Changing Nature of Work

Jeffrey Saunders, Chris Brewster and Peter Holland

Chapter 2: The ‘gigification’ of work in the twenty-first century

Sarah Kaine, Alex Veen, Caleb Goods and Tom Barratt

Chapter 3: Extreme Working Hours

Peter Holland and Xiaoyan Liang

Chapter 4: Wage theft and the challenges of regulation: Reinventing an old form of exploitation

Julian Teicher

Chapter 5: Working at the edge of the world

Kimberley Norris, Peter Holland, Rob Hecker, and Xiaoyan (Christiana) Liang

Chapter 6: Working In Danger Zones: Customized Risk Management For Expatriate Occupations

Richard A. Posthuma, Eric D. Smith, Jase R. Ramsey, and Yang Zhang

Chapter 7: Emergency Workers: Working with Violence

Hannah Meacham, Patricia Pariona Cabrera, Jillian Cavanagh, and Professor Timothy Bartram

Chapter 8: Changing places of work

Daniel Wheatley

Chapter 9: Total Surveillance - Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance in the 21st Century

Peter Holland and Tse Leng Tham

Chapter 10: Working In ‘Sweatshops’: Outsourcing To Developing Nations

Julian Teicher and Sardana Islam Khan

Chapter 11: About not predicting the future …

Chris Brewster and Peter Holland

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Peter Holland is a Professor of Human Resource Management and Director of the Executive MBA at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.

Chris Brewster is now a part-time Professor of International Human Resource Management at Vaasa University in Finland; Henley Business School, University of Reading in the UK; and Radboud University in the Netherlands, specializing in international and comparative HRM.