Making and Breaking Boundaries in
Work and Employment Relations

the 19th ILERA World Congress, Lund, Sweden, 21–24 June 2021


Track 4

Work Organization and HRM

Work organizations and HRM practices around the globe face serious challenges currently, due to ageing populations, climate change, globalized organizations and markets, and the increased digitalization of society. HRM practices are central for supporting organizations to meet the challenges of the 21st century to attract, retain, and develop personnel. At the same time, HRM practices are necessary for ensuring decent and sustainable work, furthering gender equality, and promoting diverse and inclusive workplaces. We are interested in discussing how changing HRM practices are making and breaking boundaries in terms of employment relations (new forms of employment and contracts/temporary contracts, gig-work), business models/organizational forms, and inter-organizational relations.

We welcome papers and special sessions on such topics as the following:
- Prolonged working lives and between jobs: lifelong learning, transitional labour markets, matching of competencies in changing work organizations, and employee health and well-being
- HRM across boundaries: MNCs and HRM-model transfer
- The spread of management ideas, such as quality management and lean methods in the service and public sectors - White- and blue-collar boundaries: are white-collar jobs being squeezed, and is professionalization creating new entry-barriers into occupations?
- Talent management, knowledge management, and employer branding