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WORKS - Changes in Work. Work Organisation and Restructuring in the Knowledge Society


Arbeit und Interesse, Arbeit und Globalisierung, Arbeit und Gesellschaft


Gefördert von der EU im Rahmen des 6. Forschungsrahmenprogramms


Dipl.-Soz. Franziska Rasp 089 / 27 29 21 - 0
MA, PhD cand Pamela Meil 089 / 27 29 21 - 0
Dr. Wolfgang Dunkel 089 / 27 29 21 - 38

Projektlaufzeit: 6/2005 bis 5/2009

Works is a pan-European research project which aims at improving our understanding of the major changes in work in the knowledge-based society. Taking account of the global forces and of the regional diversity within Europe, the project will investigate the evolving division of labour within and between organisations and the related changes at the workplace. The implications for the use of skills and knowledge, for flexibility and for the quality of work, as well as the impact on occupational identities, time use and learning of individuals will be investigated in a comparative perspective. The role of the social dialogue and of the varieties of institutional shaping in Europe will receive particular attention.

WORKS includes four subgroups:

Pamela Meil (ISF München) is lead partner in the subgroup Research On Policy, Institutions and Social Dialogue and second partner in the subgroup Qualitative research, section "Organisational case studies".

Research On Policy, Institutions and Social Dialogue
The policy and institutions pillar of WORKS focuses on understanding the role of the broader national and European institutional shifts as well as the effect of policy initiatives on changes in work. Unlike many studies on this issue, the WORKS policy pillar goes beyond analysing the institutions and policies themselves. In the WORKS project a close link with the qualitative case studies will be established, making it possible to examine what effect institutional frameworks are having at the level of work and in the work life of workers.

The first task in the policy pillar is to identify relevant institutions and policy trends in the areas of labour and work regulation, industrial relations, gender, innovation, education and training, labour market and market developments by utilizing the wide range of material that has already been collected and analysed at the national and European levels. The next step is to create indicators to be used in research questions for the empirical phase of WORKS to be carried out in the second project year.

The final aim is to construct an explanatory framework of 'regulatory logics' drawing on current theoretical insights in the field of labour market and welfare regulation. This framework will be applied to the findings of the WORKS case study research in order (a) to enrich the explanation of the variety of observed trends and (b) to discuss the opportunities to 'govern' social developments in a European context. This work will result into a series of policy papers to different target audiences, such as Human Relations managers, labour market intermediaries, trade unions, European institutions, regional governments and equal opportunities policies. Some of the key issues to analyse on the basis of the extended case study material are:


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23. Oktober 2009 - Wandel von Arbeit in transnationalen Wertschöpfungsketten – Herausforderung für Europa. „Policy Report“ des EU-Projekts WORKS erschienen.

The First WORKS Conference, titled "The transformation of work in a global knowledge economy: towards a conceptual framework," found place in Chania/Greece from 21 to 22 September 2006. Pamela Meil (ISF München) was dicussant in the plenary session "Social dialogue, worker organisation and representation." Agenda

The final report of work package 3: Theories and concepts is available for download. Pamela Meil (ISF München) is first author of the chapter "Policy, social dialogue and institutional structures." She is also first author of the final report of the "WORKS Policy Pillar" which will be available soon.