Conflict and Shifting Boundaries in the Gig Economy: An Interdisciplinary Analysis

Rebecca Page-Tickell
University of East London, UK

Elaine Yerby
London School of Economics, UK

Product Details
30 Mar 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
224 pages - 152 x 229mm
The Changing Context of Managing People
Using an interdisciplinary lens, this book innovatively explores the conflicts and shifting boundaries in organisational, professional, legal and economic structures, caused by the rise of the gig economy. The dynamic structural model of the gig economy is introduced to interrogate the inner workings of the amorphous gig economy at the Macro, Meso and Micro levels of analysis.

Conflict and Shifting Boundaries in the Gig Economy examines a range of tensions and issues, including;

  • The future of trade unions in the gig economy
  • Employment status and contractual arrangements
  • Talent management in the gig economy
  • Employee voice and whistleblowing
  • Career choices and organisational attractiveness
  • Trajectory and impact at macro economic levels.

Organisational examples and a focus on the perspective of those engaged in gig work introduce new insights and research questions on the current and future challenges posed by the gig economy, alongside using the structural dynamic model as a tool to understand actors and organisational experiences and build appropriate interventions.

Chapter 1. Understanding conflict and shifting boundaries in the gig economy through the Dynamic Structural model; Elaine Yerby and Rebecca Page-Tickell 
Section 1: Macro Analysis 
Chapter 2. Defining the employee in the gig economy: untangling the web of contract; Barry Collins 
Chapter 3. The shifting boundaries of capitalism and the conflict of surplus value appropriation within the gig economy; Shampa Roy-Mukherjee and Michael Harrison 
Chapter 4. Presence and pretence - trade unions and the gig economy; Rebecca Page-Tickell and Jude Ritchie 
Section 2: Meso Analysis  
Chapter 5. The dis-evolution of strategic HRM in the gig economy from talent management to supply chain manager; Andrew Boocock, Elaine Yerby and Rebecca Page-Tickell 
Chapter 6. Worker and organisational protection: the future of whistleblowing in the gig economy; Catherine Hobby 
Chapter 7. Gig Economy and the transformation of professional boundaries in Healthcare; Ali Naghieh
Section 3: Micro Analysis 
Chapter 8. Evolutionary mismatch and misbelief impacts on participants in the gig economy; Rebecca Page-Tickell, Jude Ritchie and Therese Page-Tickell 
Chapter 9. Frayed careers in the gig economy - rhythms of career privilege and disadvantage; Elaine Yerby 
Chapter 10. Status quo, renewal and decline in the gig economy; issues of agency, voice and identity; Elaine Yerby and Rebecca Page-Tickell
Rebecca Page-Tickell, MBA, MSc, MA, BSc, MABP, MICM is Director of Education and Experience for the Royal Docks school of Business and Law at the University of East London. A principal practitioner with the Association for Business Psychology, she has expertise in coaching and mediation and supporting businesses to develop people as well as organisation and has a long held interest in self-managed learning, HR, and consultancy. Rebecca is currently completing her PhD at Lancaster University focusing on the impact of the gig economy on higher education. She is an active researcher in the broader gig economy and workplace conflict and mediation.

Dr Elaine Yerby, MSc, BSc, FHEA, MCIPD is a Senior Lecturer in HRM Practice at the London School of Economics. Her research interests centre on the future of work and include the impact on careers from the changing nature of work, restorative work-based conflict resolution and diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining academia she worked as an Employee Engagement Manager on a large transformational HR programme.

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