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The 'network economy' and models of the employment contract: psychological, economic and legal

Marsden, David (2004) The 'network economy' and models of the employment contract: psychological, economic and legal. . London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Economic Performance, London, UK.

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The emergence of the so-called ‘network economy’ and the development of project-based work pose a fundamental challenge to established methods of regulating the employment relationship. There appears to be an unsatisfied demand for its greater use, especially among employers, and it is argued that this may be blocked by the lack of suitable contractual forms, such as those that have underpinned the established open-ended employment relationship. 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 owes much to the articulation of its psychological, economic/incentive, and legal aspects. As yet, this appears to be lacking for more transient forms of relationship.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2004 David Marsden
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J4 - Particular Labor Markets > J44 - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M5 - Personnel Economics > M55 - Labor Contracting Devices: Outsourcing; Franchising; Other
K - Law and Economics > K3 - Other Substantive Areas of Law > K31 - Labor Law
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J5 - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining > J53 - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
Date Deposited: 07 May 2008 09:51
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:34

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