The Center for Global Work and Employment explores the changing governance of labor processes in the expanding global economy through a comprehensive research program. Complementary lines of inquiry proceed from different entry points.

Toward a New World of Work: Global Challenges

Responding to Technological Change - March 2, 2017
SMLR’s Center for Global Work and Employment welcomed Christine Gerber and noted German researcher Martin Krzywdzinski from the Berlin Social Science Center to talk about the crowdworking platform economy and what it means for the future of work.

The Rise of China and the Evolution of Work - March 16-18, 2016   
Given that China has been at the center of markets’ global integration, it provides an important entry point to a debate on transregional trends. During this conference, attendees discussed collective action in the new global economy and foreign MNCs in China and Chinese MNCSs abroad.

Who Makes the New Rules? Actors and Agency

This special issue of the Journal of Industrial Relations addresses "Collective Action: Engaging Ideas, Interests and Institutions." Professors Tobias Schulze-Cleven and Mingwei Liu, co-directors of the Center for Global Work and Employment, served as special guest editors of the journal and organized a conference to further probe this topic. 

With the country’s forest of factories becoming home to sizable shares of global manufacturing and Chinese businesses rapidly expanding their operation and service offerings overseas, China’s rise has transformed – and continues to transform – the nature of work and employment for many, and how firms are managed. Dr. Mingwei Liu, a co-director of the Center for Global Work and Employment, is among the guest editors of this Special issue on Human Resource Management in Multinational Corporations in and from China

Gaining Comparative Leverage by Exploring Regions, Sectors and Adjustments

Industrial Relations in China
Bringing together leading authorities and emerging young researchers, this book is aimed at students and scholars interested in the Chinese workplace and the impact that China is having on work internationally.

The Changing Politics of Human Capital Formation 
The center probes the changing politics of human capital formation through two lenses: a) a focus on lifelong learning as a prominent determinant of labor market functioning and consideration for labor market policy; b) attention to the processes of institutional change in a higher education landscape engulfed in both massification and differentiation. 

Rethinking German Political Economy 
This workshop explores the comparative political economy behind these changes in advanced countries by probing the changing politics of Germany’s social market economy. 

The New Face of Professionalism 
This stream of research asks how institutions that govern the work of high-skilled professionals have evolved under postindustrial “knowledge” capitalism? We focus particularly on changes in healthcare and education, services where value creation flows centrally from the effective use of knowledge.