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Forthcoming events

New Future of Work Programme events will be advertised shortly.


Past events

Michaelmas Term 2014 Seminar Series: Working for a Purpose?
Seminars start at 12.30pm in the Barclay Room, Green Templeton College. Lunch will be provided.

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Tuesday 11 November 2014
Emotional Labour as Skilled Work? Managing Service User Emotions in the Public Services

Speaker: Professor Ian Kessler, King's College London.

Ian Kessler has been involved in research projects on aspects of employment relations in the British public services. He was special adviser to the House of Commons Select on Local Government in 2014; a commissioner on the Local Government Pay Commission in 2005, and has acted as adviser to the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives, the Police Federation, the Audit Commission and the National Audit Office.

In the wake of high profile failures in healthcare, not least the cases of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and Winterbourne View, public policy makers have expressed growing concern about the use of unregistered healthcare support workers and drawn increasing attention to the risks associated with their deployment in acute care settings. In this seminar a counter narrative will be presented which suggests that healthcare support workers make a positive and distinctive contribution to care quality. More specifically the presentation will explore the capacity of support workers to manage patient emotions, and, in particular, whether this capacity constitutes a skill. Drawing upon case study data, the support role is presented as more effective in managing patient emotions than the registered nurse, an outcome partly related to the support workers' capabilities, but more closely to the patients viewing support workers as 'one of us'. As well as engaging with policy debates, the presentation will also seek to contribute to the research literature on emotional labour, which has often concentrated on how workers manage their own emotions rather than those of the service user.

Thursday 20 November 2014

God at Work: Entrepreneurship from an Islamic Perspective

Speaker: Ali Aslan Gümüsay.

Ali Aslan Gümüsay is a DPhil Candidate at GTC and the Saïd Business School and Lecturer at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. He is the founder and now head of the Advisory Board of the Social Incubator Zahnräder Network. Ali is also non-executive director in various (social) entrepreneurship start-ups, researcher at the Novak Druce Centre for Professional Services Firms and member of the Think Tank 30, Club of Rome. Previously, he was a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.

How does religion shape work? Research about the role of religion in entrepreneurship and more broadly management is sparse. Based on a paper recently published in the Journal of Business Ethics, we will look at Entrepreneurship from an Islamic Perspective, which is based on three interconnected pillars: the entrepreneurial, socio-economic/ethical and religio-spiritual. We will consider how Islam shapes entrepreneurship at the micro-, meso- and macro-level, whether and how Islam may be conceived as an entrepreneurial religion in the sense that it enables and encourages entrepreneurial activity and review research streams interlinking Islam with entrepreneurship and management. We will also refer to a current research project on the role of religion within an Islamic Bank.

Monday 24 November 2014
Meaningful Work: Emerging Findings and Research Agenda

Speaker: Professor Katie Bailey & Dr Adrian Madden.

Katie Bailey (nee Truss) has previously held posts at the University of Kent, Kingston University and London Business School, where she also completed her PhD.  Katie has written or co-authored over 180 articles, papers, books and reports on strategic HRM, employee engagement, gender and employment, and meaningful work. Katie is Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the Involvement and Participation Association.

Adrian Madden has previously worked in a number of research and development roles in higher education (University of Kent, PRI-Policy Research Institute), central government policy units (Commission for Racial Equality, DfES Policy Innovation Unit, Home Office), and in overseas development (VSO Nepal). Adrian completed his PhD at PRI where he was involved in a series of national policy reviews and formative research initiatives.

Much is written about meaningful work, but there is confusion about what the term means and a dearth of empirical research. We present the emerging findings from a qualitative study of meaningful work involving individuals in 10 different occupational groups including stonemasons, streetsweepers, clergy, solicitors, nurses, creative artists, retail assistants and soldiers. Through a multi-disciplinary lens involving perspectives from organisational sociology, philosophy, and psychology, we show that the experience of meaningful work is a complex, socially embedded and temporal phenomenon and that, contrary to expectations, it does not simply involve self-fulfillment or self-actualisation, but is instead only experienced when the benefits to others are realised. We discuss the agenda for future research and the unanswered questions that arise from our study.

Thursday 27 November 2014
The Work of Frugal Innovation

Speaker: Yasser Bhatti.

Yasser Bhatti recently completed his DPhil in Management Studies at GTC and Said Business School. His research interests are in innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategy with focus on innovation under constraints, the localisation and globalisation of innovation, and the role of emerging market economies and situated actors such as social entrepreneurs in emerging trends in innovation, particularly frugal innovation. He also has an interest in regional clusters and scenarios and futures. Yasser is currently Vice-President of the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU).

With growing uncertainty of the future around availability and use of scarce resources, emerging trends in innovation seek to address resource scarcity and institutional constraints. This seminar discusses the different perspectives of innovation under the broad agenda of dealing with or making use of constraints. We compare and contrast some of the more popular concepts such as frugal innovation, reverse innovation, grassroots innovation, inclusive innovation, and jugaad. We discuss what might be the trajectory of this evolution and what effect these ideas and practices may have on the future of work.


The Quality and Meaning of Work in the New Age of Capital Seminar Series Trinity Term 2014

Tuesday 13 May 2014 at 12.30pm
Meaningful Work - A Luxury Good or Fundamental Human Need?

Presented by Dr Ruth Yeoman, Oxford Centre for Mutual and Employee-owned Business, Kellogg College

Wednesday 13 May 2014 at 9am
The Perils of Precarity

Presented by Professor Arne Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina

Thursday 22 May 2014 at 12.30pm
Economic Crisis and the Quality of Work

Presented by Professor Duncan Gallie CBE, Official Fellow & Professor of Sociology, Nuffield College

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Wednesday 23 November 2011 12pm to 1.30pm
Future of Work Lunchtime Seminar

Obstacles to improvement in surgical teamwork

Presented by Dr Steve New, Saïd Business School.

This discussion focused on challenges of applying lean management methods to surgical work, and will draw on the experiences of a major study funded by the National Institute of Health Research. The session outlined some of the main ideas and critiques of lean methodologies, and some of the practical lessons drawn from this and previous studies.

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Thursday 10 November 2011 12pm to 1pm
Future of Work Lunchtime Seminar

The future of international news reporting

Presented by GTC student Melanie Bunce (DPhil Politics and International Relations).

Over the past two decades, major news organisations around the world have radically cut the number of foreign correspondents they post abroad. In their place, local-national journalists are becoming one of the main providers of international news. The BBC - a bastion of British reporting around the world - will be cutting its number of foreign correspondents over the next three years, and hiring local-national journalists in their place.

What do these changes mean for the foreign correspondent profession? And how will these changes impact the international news that we receive in the UK and around the world?

This talk drew on extensive research with foreign and local-national correspondents in East Africa, and flagged up a number of issues for the future of foreign news production. The world we read about in the news is about to become more local, global and cosmopolitan - but at what cost?

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Wednesday 19 October 2011 5pm to 7pm
Future of Work Lecture
The New World of Team Work

Science, technology and business innovation increasingly rely on teams to produce output. In science, the trend is for multi-authored papers, often from people in different locations around the world. In technology and the drug business, the team production consists of locating different activities in different parts of the world, some through subcontractors, and through devolving risky R&D to small or university startups that are eventually bought by larger enterprises. Business pay structure has responded to this with more group incentive pay. Science is struggling to deal with the allocation of credit on multi-authored papers. The drug how to develop new medicines with its new division of activity.

This lecture examined evidence on 1) the rise of teams; 2) impact of different pay systems on production; 3) the problems of obtaining fair and efficient divisions of responsibility and reward.

Presented by Richard Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University, National Bureau of Economic Research, LSE.


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Thursday 16 June 2011 6pm to 7.30pm
Future of Work Seminar



Varieties of training, qualifications, and skills in long-term care: A German, Japanese, UK comparison

Presented by Professor Howard Gospel and Professor Makiko Nishikawa.

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Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June 2011
Future of Work Workshop


Building an Inclusive Workforce in the Wake of the Economic Crisis

How and why should the European Union, and its member states, seek to establish an inclusive workforce in the context of economic recovery?  These questions need to be answered with clarity. They are, however, likely to be addressed in different, sometimes contested, ways.

The Workshop was designed to help stakeholders identify and develop areas of substantive and procedural agreement and difference as they relate to these issues, so paving the way for more constructive decision making and policy formation.

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Thursday 25 November 2010 5pm - 7pm
Future of Work Termly Seminar presented by Dr Martin Ruhs, Director of the Migration Observatory, Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) 

Who needs migrant workers? Labour shortages, immigration and public policy


Thursday 11 November 2010 12pm - 2pm
Lunchtime seminar by Tuukka Toivonen, GTC Junior Research Fellow

Young adults, work and changing motivational processes: towards a comparative sociological approach

Thursday 28 October 2010 12pm-2pm
Lunchtime seminar presented by Karenjit Clare, GTC Junior Research Fellow

Persistent inequalities at work: spatial narratives and gendered practices

Thursday 14 October 2010 12pm - 2pm
Lunchtime seminar presented by Ian Kessler, GTC and Future of Work Fellow

The workplace study of occupational roles

See Ian Kessler's presentation (ppt).

Thursday 24 June 2010
Lunchtime seminar presented by Emanuele Ferragina, GTC DPhil student

Arguing for basic income

See Emanuele Ferragina's presentation

Thursday 10 June 2010
Seminar by Guy Standing, Professor of Economic Security, University of Bath

This Future of Work seminar focussed on Guy Standing's new book Work after globalization: building occupational citizenship. Guy Standing is a well known academic and the former Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Thursday 20 May 2010
Lunchtime seminar presented by Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, Professor of Comparative Social Policy and Politics, and GTC Fellow

The dual transformation of social protection and human capital: comparing Britain and Germany

See Martin Seeleib-Kaiser's presentation (ppt)

Thursday 13 May 2010
Sophia Lee, GTC DPhil student

The varieties of welfare production regimes in de-industrializing East Asian economies: South Korea, Taiwan and Japan

See Sophia Lee's presentation (ppt)

2 March 2010
Ian Kessler, GTC FOW Fellow and Professor Fellow in Human Resource Management

The Future of Work: the next steps

11 February 2010

Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, GTC FOW Fellow and Professor of Comparative Social Policy and Politics

The Future of Work: an interdisciplinary programme

See Martin Seeleib-Kaiser's presentation (ppt)

John P Martin, Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs OECD

Tackling the jobs crisis: an OECD perspective

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