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Education, Labour & Science

Széll, György / Bösling, Carl-Heinrich / Széll, Ute (eds.)
Publication: Labour, Education & Society

This book presents a selection of presentations during the Fifth Congress of the International Network «Regional and Local Development of Work and Labour». The congress took place at the University of Osnabrück in September 2006. However, it was not a traditional congress, but it revived the practice of «future workshops», which were invented by Robert Jungk. The book assembles 33 articles covering all social sciences by authors from 16 different countries: Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, France, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden. It is dedicated to the democratization of the different spheres of society from a grassroot-perspective.

Peter Lang - Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main, 2007

 

New Forms of Work Organisation and Industrial Relations in Southern Europe

Francesco Garibaldo, Volker Telljohann (eds.)
Publication: Labour, Education & Society

The aim of interconnecting work organisation, innovation and employment provides a defining approach of the European Union to competitiveness. Although there is evidente of the socia) and economic benefits deriving from processes of organisational innovation and participation there seems to be a lack of dissemination of new forms of work organisation in Southern Europe. Internationally well-known scholars from France, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy try to explain what are the specific obstacles with regard to a broader dissemination of new forms of work organisation in these countries. By doing so they also try to respond to the following more specific questions. What is the role of public policies with regard to the dissemination of new forms of work organisation? How can industrial relations foster processes of organisational innovation? What is the relationship between restructuring processes and new forms of work organisation?

Peter Lang - Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main, 2007

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Labour, Globalisation & The New Economy

György Széll, Carl-Heinrich Bösling, Johannes Hartkemeyer (eds.)
Publication: Work - Technology - Organization - Society

The dominant form of globalisation, i.e. financial globalisation, is the biggest challenge for employees and their representations of interest. If it remains largely unregulated, not only the natural resources will be destroyed, but also social sustainability will be prevented. The negative effects of this development are first of all to be felt on the local and regional leve]. It is here, therefore, where counter initiatives and strategies have to start. The quality of lite and working-life has not necessarily increased through globalisation and the New Economy, though the possibilities of improved communication via email and Internet were positively acknowledged. The biggest challenge is the increasing inequality on a global scale, which is produced so far by the New Economy. As education contributes to enlarge this gap, it has to be adapted to the new social needs to overcome this polarisation. The ongoing development musi be reversed: Real needs demand more spending for public than for private consumption. Intermediate organisations can play a positive role in this process.

Peter Lang - Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main, 2005

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Globalisation, Company Strategies and Quality of Working Life in Europe

Francesco Garibaldo, Volker Telljohann (eds.)
Publication: Work - Technology - Organization - Society

Today, from the point of view of the European Social Model, one of the most important challenges regards how to manage globalisation and, in this context, how to guarantee a policy approach capable of reinforcing economic development as well as employment and social policy. One answer seems to lie in the role of quality. This volume focuses on the role of the quality of work as the European strategic response to the challenges deriving from globalised competition. It shows how an increase in the quality in work can contribute to increasing productivity, improving living standards and fostering sustainable economic growth. This book assembles the most relevant contributions presented at the European Conference organised by the international network Regional and Local Development of Work and Labour (RLDWL) on ‘Globalisation, Company Strategies and Quality of Working Life in Europe’ which took place in Bologna in June 2003.

Peter Lang - Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main, 2004

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The Injustice at Work
An International View of the World of Labour and Society

György Szell, Gian Primo Cella (eds.)
Publication: The Injustice at Work - An International View of the World of Labour and Society

Globalisation and the emergence of new technologies have considerable impact on the world of labour, this in turn, attempts put up resistance and imposes its standards rooted in pattern of social life and in the conservation of the environment. In the tight of These changes and challenges, social actors - whether in government, business, or labour unions - are constantly faced with the alternative of either adjusting passively or responding creatively. These changes closely affect the academic world. In October 1999 in Ravello, Italy, during its first conference the international network Regional and Local Development (RLDWL) has been constituted. The second conference took place in Rio de Janeiro in November 2000. This book assembles the best contributions of these two conferences.

Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2001. ca 550 p.
ISBN 3-631-39682-1 br. - ca. € 75,70 / US-$ 66.95 / £ 46.

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The Role of Intermediate Institutions. The case of Research Institutes concerned with Work and Labour

Francesco Garibaldo, Volker Telljohann (eds.)
Publication: The Role Of Intermediate Institutions. The Case Of Research Institutes Concerned With Work And Labour

Today we can see an increasing number of initiatives in the world over aimed at setting up intermediate institutions concerned with Work and Labour. Such institutes are an expression of the need to promote research aimed at fostering the organisational evolution of businesses and public bodies, as well as valorising work through it.
The aims of these institutes fit into a picture of enhanced attention to the relationships between new forms of work organisation, productivity, innovation, participation and employment.
As a result of these tendencies the international network RLDWL (Regional and Local Development of Work and Labour) has been set up with a view to strengthening the exchange of experiences relating to the role of intermediate institutions within the framework of innovation processes.
The book comprises contributions from European and non-European Institutes concerned with Work and Labour that discuss their experiences and future challenges. Another topic of discussion regards the prospects of the RLDWL network.

Milano, 2000. ca 352p.
ISBN 88-464-2582-0 - € 21,69