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Trondheim, Norway, 7 and 8 September 2017

Call for papers

Teams remain important building blocks in organization design, and are set up to perform a wide variety of functions and tasks. IWOT aims for cross-disciplinary interaction and welcomes papers that deal with all aspects of team working from different theoretical perspectives and methodologies.

For IWOT 21 we particularly welcome papers on the following themes:

1. Creating knowledge through teamwork: The creation of knowledge, fundamental to organizational learning and innovation, is a collective activity. Knowledge creation may happen spontaneously as people from different backgrounds come together, or may be planned for by establishing parallel team structures and providing the necessary infrastructure and support. We welcome papers on both knowledge creation processes and how knowledge-creating teams are embedded in the wider organization.

2. Team working in knowledge-intensive organizations: Knowledge-intensive organizations face an environmental complexity that demands cross-functional teams, multi-teams and/or virtual collaboration across loose organizational boundaries. These organizations should be flexible and find ways to support and regulate teams' autonomy contingent on environmental demands and limitations. The multi-team context implies that there are dependencies to other teams, while the distributed context incurs that the teams must deal with geographical dispersion of team members, teams or units.

3. Team working in industry: Ideas about team working have had a major impact on shop-floor work organization through concepts such as socio-technical design, lean production and continuous improvement. In the modern industrial organization, teams are also widely used to perform additional functions such as product design, product development and R&D. Furthermore, project teams are set up to deal with non-routine tasks and complex problem solving such as implementing new technology or exploring new business opportunities. We welcome theoretical reflections and empirical studies on both classical topics and new developments, for instance on how digitalization creates new possibilities for interaction or how calls for sustainability increase the number of team stakeholders and issues that need to be taken into account.

Deadlines and submission

Abstracts should be no more than 750 words. Please forward abstracts to

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 1

Decisions on acceptance/reject: May 15

Submission of full paper: August 15

About the workshop

For more information about the workshop, please see our web site at:


8th February 2017

Call for papers: special issue of Economic and Industrial Democracy on Trade Union and Democracy

I would like to ask to include the announcement of this call for paper in the next BUIRA News:

Call for Papers – Special Issue of ‘Economic and Industrial Demcoracy’ on Trade Unions and Democracy, in memory of Giulio Regeni 

The Special Issue is edited by Lucio Baccaro, Chiara Benassi and Guglielmo Meardi. Contributions from/on non-western countries and from early-career researchers are particularly welcome. 

For details: 

Guglielmo, Lucio and Chiara


3rd February 2017

CfP Special Session: Crisis, Post-Crisis & Employment Relations ESA RN17 conference in Athens 2017

We would like to invite you to participate in the 2017 European Sociological Association (ESA) Conference, which will bring together many distinguished researchers.

Research Network 17 of the ESA on Work, Employment and Industrial Relations organizes panels and sessions on various topics, themes and debates in the field of work, employment and industrial relations at the ESA 2017 conference.

The conference will be held in Athens (Greece) from 29th August to 1st September 2017.

See the conference website:

Participants will find a good opportunity for presenting new research, exchanging information and discussing current issues in the field of Work, Employment and Industrial Relations. 

Although we encourage submissions on the general theme of the 2017 ESA conference "(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities", other submissions from the research network field - theoretical or empirical - are highly encouraged.

Abstract submission deadline: 1st February 2017

Abstract submission platform:

If you have further questions on the conference, please visit the conference website or contact us directly:

Bernd Brandl, University of Durham (Email:

Valeria Pulignano, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (Email:  

We are looking forward to seeing you in Athens in 2017.



11th January 2017

Call for Proposals, LERA Winter Meeting, Philadelphia, January 2018.



 Labor and Employment Relations Association Call for Symposia & Paper Proposals LERA 2018 Winter Meeting, Philadelphia, PA January 5-7, 2018 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

For full information:

" Robust Labor Markets and Employment Relationships: Policy and Research"

Submission Deadline: Submit to the LERA website by March 9, 2017 (without exception)

In an era of growing inequality, long-term unemployment, and widespread low-wage work, the LERA Program Committee seeks proposals offering original and high-quality research related to the theme, Robust Labor Markets and Employment Relationships: Policy and Research for its winter meeting held in conjunction with the Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA). We also welcome proposals on a broad range of other topics, including labor and employment relations, labor market regulation, social insurance, economic justice, technology and work organization, human resource studies, and organizational practices (such as pensions, health insurance, and work-life balance), as well as topics of current interest or related more generally to the mission of LERA. We encourage submissions from multiple academic disciplines and from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, including workers, managers, and unions.

Proposed sessions should include a total of 7 participants with either 1 chair, 3 presenters, and 3 discussants OR 1 chair, 4 presenters, and 2 discussants. The Committee also accepts individual paper proposals, although preference is given to session submissions.

In order to give a paper at a LERA session, presenters must be current in their LERA membership. (Join LERA Proposals that include participants with diverse gender, ethnic, institutional and geographic backgrounds will be favored.

Papers presented in LERA symposia at the 2018 LERA Winter Meeting will be invited to be published in the LERA Proceedings. Visit the LERA website for complete information about our Proceedings and submission requirements.

To submit an online proposal, visit To give the program committee an understanding of the proposed panel, we request that symposia organizers provide:

  • Symposium title
  • Brief abstract describing overall theme of the session
  • Listing of session participants, their affiliations, their role in the session, and their email addresses
  • Paper titles and brief paper abstract for all papers to be presented in the session


Proposals must be submitted or reach the LERA Office no later than March 9, 2017. Contact with questions.

LERA Program Committee for the LERA 2018 Winter Meeting in Conjunction with ASSA/AEA

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Co-Chair, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Susan Houseman, Co-Chair, W.E. Upjohn Institute; Katharine Abraham, University of Maryland; Teresa Ghilarducci, The New School for Social Research; Barry T. Hirsch, Georgia State University; Alex Mas, Princeton University; Larry Mishel, Economic Policy Institute; Samuel L. Myers, University of Minnesota; Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley; Till Von Wachter, UCLA; William Spriggs, AFL-CIO and Howard University; and Sanford Jacoby, Co-Chair, University of California, Los Angeles (ex officio)

21st December 2016

Wedderburn Papers, Modern Records Centre, Warwick University

The cataloguing of the Wedderburn Papers is progressing well. See:

 BUIRA members contributed generously (the largest single group of individuals - in numbers and money raised) but the appeal is ongoing as the target was not reached. Anyone wishing to contribute can contact the Modern Records Centre directly or me at:


25th November 2016

Journal of Industrial Relations – Special issue on ‘Migration and Work’

The relationship between migration and work has been transformed in recent decades, most notably through growth of temporary and employer-sponsored visa schemes, the introduction and expansion of cross-border labour mobility zones, and geographical shifts in the main sources and destinations of migration. These changes have produced major challenges for governments, business and labour to balance the perceived disruptive impacts of labour migration with the potential benefits.


The Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR) is publishing a special issue on ‘Migration and Work’ in 2019. Potential contributors are strongly encouraged to present their research at one of the symposia that will be organised to provide feedback and assist in the paper development process prior to submission. The first of these symposia will be held in Sydney in February hosted by the University of Sydney Business School’s Migrants@Work Research Group. We expect that a second symposium will take place in Europe in July 2017 (TBC).


The deadline for online submission of papers to the special issue is 1 October 2017.


Full details regarding the Journal of Industrial Relations special issue is available at:


Questions related to the content and logistics of the symposium should be directed to the organisers, Dr Stephen Clibborn ( and Dr Chris F Wright ( 


28th October 2016

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19th September 2016