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The network economy and models of the employment contract

Marsden, David (2004) The network economy and models of the employment contract. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 42 (4). 659 - 684. ISSN 0007-1080

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2004.00335.x


The development of the ‘network economy’ and project-based work challenge established methods of regulating employment relationships. There appears to be an unsatisfied demand for its greater use, especially among employers, and this may be blocked by the lack of suitable contractual forms.. Project-based work seeks to retain some of the open-ended flexibility of the standard employment relationship in relation to its task content but not its duration. The paper argues the success of the standard employment relationship stems from articulation of its psychological, economic/incentive, and legal aspects. As yet, this appears to be lacking for more transient forms of relationship.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2008 10:27
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2024 21:51

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