Sub-theme 55: Re-organizing Imperfections at Work: Negotiating Power and Control in Employment Relations

Andreas Pekarek, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Markus Helfen, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Patrizia Zanoni, Hasselt University, Belgium
Session I: Thursday, July 07, 11:00 to 12:30, TC.4.27
Perfect Power, Imperfect workers?
Chair: Andreas Pekarek
Grégory Jemine
“Then your buses will not run tomorrow”: Escalating indecision and union power in the public transport sector
Discussant(s): Patrizia Zanoni & Miłosz Miszczyński
Patrizia Zanoni and Miłosz Miszczyński
Post-diversity, precarious work for all: Governing labor through unbordering difference in the Amazon warehouse
Discussant(s): Grégory Jemine
Session II: Thursday, July 07, 14:00 to 15:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Imperfect Freedom at Work? - Room: TC.4.27
Chair: Rick Delbridge
Peter Fleming and Carl Cederström
The right of ‘free association’ in the gig economy: Clarifying the imperfections of forced economic individualism
Discussant(s): Frederick Harry Pitts et al.
Frederick Harry Pitts, Paolo Borghi and Annalisa Murgia
An imperfect institutional experiment for the self-employed? Combining community unionism, coworking and cooperativism across contexts
Discussant(s): Simon Parker & Matthew Wilson
Simon Parker and Matthew Wilson
Radical Rules: The limits of bureaucracy in alternative organization
Discussant(s): Peter Fleming & Carl Cederström
Parallel Stream B: Perfecting Oneself for Work? - Room: D2.0.392
Chair: Patrizia Zanoni
Karel Musilek, Kimberly Jamie and Mark Learmonth
Imperfect power of discourse: Discourse and materiality in the working lives of start-up entrepreneurs
Discussant(s): Emmanuelle Garbe and Alban Ouahab
Emmanuelle Garbe and Alban Ouahab
Draw me my factory: Understanding the power of organizational cartoons in shaping employees’ representations of the future of work
Discussant(s): Lila Skountridaki et al.
Lila Skountridaki, W. Victoria Lee and Lilinaz Rouhani
Silencing organisational imperfections
Discussant(s): Karel Musilek et al.
Session III: Friday, July 08, 09:00 to 10:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Atypical Unions: Better than Ever? - Room: TC.4.27
Chair: Markus Helfen
Andrea Signoretti, Lorenzo Frangi and Tingting Zhang
Factors at Play in Turnaway: The Case of Union Officials in Three Countries
Discussant(s): Juliette Fronty & Caroline Rieu Plichon
Vincent Pasquier, Christian Lévesque and Marc-Antonin Hennebert
Tragic performances? How trade unions stage their online identity
Discussant(s): Andrea Signoretti et al.
Fronty Juliette and Caroline Rieu Plichon
When organizational imperfections prove to be fruitful: The case of unionized managers
Discussant(s): Vincent Pasquier et al.
Parallel Stream B: Emancipation: Is Perfection Possible? - Room: D2.0.392
Chair: Patrizia Zanoni
Sara Louise Muhr, Kai Storm and Aleksandra Gregorič
How much for a female CEO – and who pays the price? Investigating the practices and processes of pricing women leaders in professional executive recruitment
Discussant(s): Anne Antoni et al.
Anne Antoni, Hamza Asshidi, Nathalie Louisgrand and Janna L. Rose
Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic at work: Balancing exploitation and emancipation
Discussant(s): Sara Louise Muhr et al.
Session IV: Friday, July 08, 11:00 to 12:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Alternative Work Arrangements - Room: TC.4.27
Chair: Patrizia Zanoni
Sanjana Goreeba
Forever temps: (in)voluntary permanency of temporary jobs
Discussant(s): Sofie Wiersma, Zoltán Lippényi and Rafael Wittek
Sofie Wiersma, Zoltán Lippényi and Rafael Wittek
Imprinting and contested practices: Early private-sector career experience of public-sector directors and the adoption of temporary employment in Dutch public-sector organizations
Discussant(s): Marco Leander Rapp
Marco Leander Rapp, Chris Brewster, Paul N. Gooderham and Wolfgang Mayrhofer
(Im)perfection across contexts – The case of non-standard work arrangements: A review and an agenda
Discussant(s): Sanjana Goreeba
Parallel Stream B: What's Up in the Gig? - Room: D2.0.392
Chair: Andreas Pekarek
Chloé Brassart and François Pichault
Between Utopia and pragmatism: Balancing impersonal and personal relationships related to algorithmic management in the gig economy
Discussant(s): Rosana Reis et al.
Rosana Reis, Daniela Bolzani and Ylenia Curzi
Content creators: Asymmetric power relations in the digital work
Discussant(s): Kerstin Rego & Daniel Houben
Kerstin Rego and Daniel Houben
Digitalization as translation: (Im)perfect mobilization and employment relations’ power in the digital transformation
Discussant(s): Chloé Brassart & François Pichault
Session V: Friday, July 08, 14:00 to 15:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Exclusion & Exploitation - Room: TC.4.27
Chair: Rick Delbridge
Tommaso Pio Danese
Organizing civil society in the commingling of imperfections at work: Multiform solutions against labour exploitation from the Italian context
Discussant(s): Miłosz Miszczyński & Patrizia Zanoni
Karin Kee, Marieke van Wieringen, Henk Nies and Bianca Beersma
“The illusion of influence”: How managerial and organizational mechanisms of exclusion can hinder employee voice
Discussant(s): Tommaso Pio Danese
Miłosz Miszczyński and Patrizia Zanoni
Digital Taylorism at the frontier of Europe: Emancipation through alienating work in the Amazon warehouse
Discussant(s): Karin Kee
Parallel Stream B: Occupational Health - Room: D2.0.392
Chair: Markus Helfen
Paul Tainturier
Entering an institutional transition context? The case of social dialogue on OSH issues in a large French company
Discussant(s): Kornelia Anna Kerti et al.
Kornelia Anna Kerti, Inge Bleijenbergh, Brigitte Kroon, Charissa Freese and Marloes van Engen
A system dynamics model of quality of working conditions: The case of Central and Eastern European migrant workers in food production
Discussant(s): Kartikeya Bajpai and Jillian Chown
Kartikeya Bajpai and Jillian Chown
Audits and loose coupling: The case of clinical documentation nurses
Discussant(s): Paul Tainturier
Session VI: Saturday, July 09, 09:00 to 10:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Competences for the Deficient Workplace? - Room: TC.4.27
Chair: Patrizia Zanoni
Maja Jonson, Signe Jernberg and Josef Pallas
Imperfections at work – Collegiality and socialization in the context of a law firm
Discussant(s): Minjie Gao
Minjie Gao
Incompetence and organization studies
Discussant(s): Bouzar Ez Ahery Fatiha
Bouzar Fatiha
The appropriation of a management tool and its effects on the process of change and the search for excellence of a public organization: The case of the appraisal tool of secondary teachers in France
Discussant(s): Maja Jonson et al.
Parallel Stream B: Tools for Studying Work Perfection - Room: D2.0.392
Session VII: Saturday, July 09, 11:00 to 12:30, TC.4.27
Imperfection at Work: What’s Next?
Chair: Andreas Pekarek
Kseniya Navazhylava, Gazi Islam, Jean-Charles Pillet and Marcos Barros
Supporting, rescaling and revaluing rituals: Ritual infrastructure of digital technologies
Discussant(s): Lucie Noury et al.
Lucie Noury, Sophia Galière and Thibaut Bardon
‘Relations are the organization’: Friendship as a (contested) form of control in post-bureaucratic organizations
Discussant(s): Kseniya Navazhylava et al.