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Tuesday, August 4 • 14:00 - 14:30
Forming Networked Social and Labor Relations in a Network Economy

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The emergence of new social and labor relations in a time of globalization and network economy is a difficult and ambiguous phenomenon, and therefore many researchers have expressed serious concern about the fate of labor and social and labor relations. Globalization and computerization of the economy, the rapid dissemination of knowledge and the formation of universal interdependence have led to the possibility that while capital-based industries diffuse  worldwide, labor is less mobile. Many studies describe the deteriorating situation of workers, the atomization of individuals, individualization of labor, and the erosion of social capital. Workers' organizations, established in an era of an industrial economy, are destroyed or weakened. This violates the principle of equality of opportunity of all key players in social and labor relations to represent and protect their interests.

How does the emergence of a new economy alter the social dialogue between labor and capital? Are we seeing the end of a collective consciousness among workers, amid more individualistic behavior?  The participants in social and labor relations are now in conditions where they are forced to learn the principles of network organization and in this way have the opportunity and responsibility to protect their interests in the new economy. This article explores how the forming of a network economy influences social and labor relations.  It identifies the organizational foundations and principles of social and labor relations in the emerging new economy.  It reviews the influence of culture on how networked social and labor relations are formed using Russia as an example. It considers ways to solve problems in the field of social and labor relations on both organizational and theoretical levels.

Keywords: social and labor relations; economic globalization; network economy; dialogue between labor and capital; an extended system approach.


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Bob Williams

Independent Consultant, Bob Williams
Independent consultant evaluator, based in New Zealand and holder of the current 2014 -15 Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award from the American Evaluation Association. Has worked for the past few years on ways to make the systems and evaluation fields more attractive to each other... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 14:00 - 14:30 CEST
Stockholm 2 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

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