New International & Comparative Labor & Employment Challenges: Four Country Discussion: LERA Webinar

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This webinar includes insights from Canada, Germany, South Africa and USA. The Webinar discusses various employment relations issues, for instance, in global supply chains, climate change, restructuring of employment, digitalisation, and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. How are such issues posing new and potentially transformative challenges for employment relations systems and stakeholders?This webinar exemplifies only a few of the many insights in our new book, International & Comparative Employment Relations* that considers such issues. The Webinar is hosted by the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA US) International Interest Section. 
Webinar Co-Chairs: Greg J. Bamber, Monash University, Australia; Virginia Doellgast, Cornell University, USA
Panelists in order of appearance:Daphne G. Taras, Ryerson University, Canada; Scott Walsworth, University of Saskatchewan, Canada; Sean O’Brady, McMaster University, CanadaBerndt K. Keller, University of Konstanz, GermanyJohann Maree, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Asanda-Jonas Benya, University of Cape Town, South AfricaAlexander J.S. Colvin, Cornell University, USA; Harry C. Katz, Cornell University, USADiscussant: Thomas A. Kochan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USAQuestions: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brandeis University, USA; Stephen Silvia, American University, USA--------* International & Comparative Employment Relations: Global Crises & Institutional Responses, 7th edition, 2021, Bamber, Greg J., Cooke, Fang Lee., Doellgast, Virginia & Wright, Chris F. For a flyer that includes a discount code, see the link: you consider recommending or reviewing it, SAGE Publishing may provide a free copy; you can also order it from the link: might also forward it as a recommendation to your library and/or networks. Thanks! Proceeds from this book contribute to charities that foster health-related research and hunger-relief.
The Webinar has scope to exemplify only some of the book's full contents: Guy Ryder, Foreword; The editors, Introduction: Internationally Comparative Approaches to Employment Relations, & Conclusions: Globalisation, Crises & Institutional Responses; Stewart Johnstone & Tony Dobbins, UK; Harry C. Katz & Alexander J.S. Colvin, USA; Scott Walsworth, Sean O’Brady & Daphne G. Taras, Canada; Chris F. Wright & Sarah Kaine, Australia; Lisa Dorigatti & Roberto Pedersini, Italy; Élodie Béthoux & Patrice Laroche, France; Berndt K. Keller & Anja Kirsch, Germany; Søren Kaj Andersen, Nana Wesley Hansen, Jørgen Steen Madsen & Jesper Due, Denmark; Katsuyuki Kubo & Kazuya Ogura. Japan; Byoung-Hoon Lee, South Korea; Fang Lee Cooke, China; Ernesto Noronha & Premilla D’Cruz, India; Johann Maree, Gilton Klerck & Asanda-Jonas Benya, South Africa.
Reviews of the new editionBy virtue of a who’s who of international experts authoring the country chapters, a review of the central theoretical debates in the field that is comprehensive and sophisticated, and attention to key challenges facing employment relations, including timely discussions of climate change and global public health crises, this volume is the best compendium of employment relations scholarship. Chris Howell, Oberlin College, USAThis comprehensive book has long been essential for the study of comparative employment relations. The new edition brings the coverage right up to date, with a focus for example on the crucial issue of COVID-19 and the world of work. Richard Hyman, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK; founding editor, European Journal of Industrial Relations
The 7th edition of this established book is a gem: with an ever-stronger and more diverse team of contributors, it combines the rigorous analytical clarity of the previous editions with new perspectives and insights on the recent trends of precarious work, transnational economic, technological and environmental forces, and new forms of employer and employee activism. Guglielmo Meardi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy
This new edition has grown in stature and sophistication. It demonstrates why an understanding of better work and the institutions that help to achieve it are so important, for those in the world of work and those preparing to enter it. Gregor Murray, Université de Montréal, Canada
This classic book is an invaluable source of knowledge and inspiration for everyone – scholars, students and practitioners – interested in international and comparative perspectives on employment relations. [It] offers important analysis of a multitude of national systems, as well as a discussion on current challenges facing the world of work, including the Covid-19 pandemic. Mia Rönnmar, Lund University, Sweden; President, International Labour & Employment Relations Association
Period2021 → …
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  • employment relations
  • Industrial relations
  • collective bargaining
  • multinational enterprises
  • supply chains
  • digitalisation
  • new technologies
  • climate change
  • COVID-19
  • varieties of capitalism
  • Canada
  • United States
  • Germany
  • South Africa