The Present and Future of HRM, Employment Relations and Work: Sustainability and Inclusion in an age of Artificial Intelligence, Digitization and the Gig Economy

                       

BAM Human Resource Management SIG International Symposium

 

Description

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Schwab, 2017) has given rise to many polarized debates about the world of work and how employing organisations manage people. On the one hand, the emergence of artificial intelligence and digitization creates opportunities for new occupations, efficiencies in the production and supply chain, as well as reduction of human error (Colbert, Yee, & George, 2016; Wang & Siau, 2019). On the other hand, a large number of jobs are at risk of obsolescence, the skills gap accentuates, and adverse working conditions within the gig economy intensify (OECD, 2019; Wood, Graham, Lehdonvirta, & Hjorth, 2019). The role of data analytics also has strong implications for productivity and experience of work for workers through performance instantaneous monitoring and management interventions. At the same time, global and multi-layered developments increase the need for more sustainable, aligned and contemporary human resources management (HRM) and employment relations (ER) practices. For example, the changing demographics in the workforce caused by ageing workforces and conflict- or disaster-induced mass human displacements resulting in the need for labour market integration of immigrants and refugees, present employing organizations with both opportunities and challenges of how to effectively access novel and rare talent (UNHCR, 2019). In addition, climate change and global warming have given rise to governmental and corporate green policies with clear implications for designing, implementing and championing green HRM practices (Leidner, Baden, Ashleigh, 2019). Also, the changing nature of work, in part driven by digital innovations, has increasingly resulted in the growth of non-standard forms of employment (40% of the total economy in OECD countries) and subsequently, the need to extend social protection and the opportunity for collective bargaining to an increasing segment of workers (OECD, 2019).

This symposium offers an opportunity for dialogue among academics, practitioners and policy makers to engage with current and future challenges and identify potential HRM and ER strategies to address such challenges. We welcome both empirical and conceptual papers that may examine relevant topics at micro-, meso- or macro-level. All methodologies are welcome.

Topics likely to be examined include (the list is not exhaustive):
- Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and job automation
- Ethical use of artificial intelligence and data analytics in workplaces
- Changing workplace demographics, inclusion and diversity in the global economy
- Training and development of a workforce for the future of work
- Responsible HRM practices in the context of climate and demographic change
- Designing, implementing and promoting HRM practices for the the digital age
- Opportunities and challenges for talent management in the changing world of work
- The gig economy and its implications for HRM in a global context
- The role of HRM in sustainable and responsible employing organisations
- HRM and employment practices across different organization forms and systems
- Big data: opportunities and challenges for workforces
- Roles of institutional actors in regulating digital platform work
- Workers’ voice in the digital age

Keynote speakers will include:
- Thomas A. Kochan, George M. Bunker Professor of Management, Co-Director, Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
- Jacqueline O'Reilly, Professor and Co-Director, Digital Futures at Work Research Centre, University of Sussex, UK/Economic and Social Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation

Important dates:
- Deadline for abstract submissions: TBC
- Acceptance notifications: TBC
- Deadline for early bird registration:  TBC

- Deadline for registration for paper presenters: TBC
- Deadline for registration for non-presenting participants: TBC
- Registration and networking: 27 June 2021
- Main symposium: 28-29 June 2021

Registration and submission of abstracts
Since space is limited, as soon as possible please send an expression of interest in participating by email to: 
BAMhrmPrato20@ncl.ac.uk. We will then add you to the mailing list to receive updates. Updates will also be provided on the BAM HRM email list: BAM-HRM-SIG@jiscmail.ac.uk. If you wish to present a paper, please submit an extended abstract of 1500-2000 words (including references) to: BAMhrmPrato20@ncl.ac.uk

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When

27-29 June 2021

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Who Should Attend?

- Academics and higher degree research students in HRM, ER, innovation, new technologies, work and related fields
- HRM practitioners and consultants
- Policy makers in such fields

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Benefits of Attendance

Networking with other researchers in HRM, work and employment
Insights into the latest research on the future of work

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Location

Monash University Prato Centre, Palazzo Vaj, Prato, near Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Prato is a picturesque and heritage-listed city in Tuscany, Italy. It is only 17 kilometres north-west of Florence. The city boasts important gastronomic, historical and artistic attractions, with excellent restaurants, museums and a great cultural legacy that started with the Etruscans and reached its peak with the Renaissance, when artists such as Donatello, Filippo Lippi and Botticelli left their testimonies in the city. The famous biscotti invented in Prato during the Middle Ages, are still produced by local traditional bakers. Prato is the third largest city in central Italy (after Rome and Florence).

There are good-value flights to Italy, especially if they are booked well in advance. Airport options include: Florence, Pisa, Bologna or Rome. For travel information, see: 
http://www.monash.it/facilities/how-get-here

Tuscany attracts many visitors in June, so it is advisable to book accommodation early. For accommodation options, see: https://monash.it/facilities/accommodation
Or, if necessary, contact the Accommodation Officer: accommodation@monash.it.

For information about Monash University Prato Centre Palazzo Vaj, see: 
https://monash.it/files/study/docs/guidetothepratocentre.pdf

Participants (or their institutions) are responsible for their own arrangements for travel, accommodation and other costs.

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Paper Submission Details (submissions have closed)

Since space is limited, as soon as possible please send an expression of interest in participating by email to: BAMhrmPrato20@ncl.ac.uk. We will then add you to the mailing list to receive updates. Updates will also be provided on the BAM HRM email list: BAM-HRM-SIG@jiscmail.ac.uk. If you wish to present a paper, please submit an extended abstract of 1500-2000 words (including references)  to: BAMhrmPrato20@ncl.ac.uk

Deadline for full paper submissions: TBC
In the submission e-mail, please attach the abstract in a word or pdf file and include the following information in the body of the e-mail:
Title, Author(s) Name(s), 5 Keywords, Correspondent Author’s e-mail address.

Only for academic queries, for example, to discuss a potential submission, please contact the organisers: 
BAMhrmPrato20@ncl.ac.uk

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Provider Information

British Academy of Management Human Resource Management Special Interest Group, together with the sponsors and collaborators as listed.

 

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Sponsors

The symposium is kindly sponsored by:

•    Birmingham Business School, Birmingham University, UK
•    Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University, Australia
•    International Consortium for Research in Employment and Work (iCREW), Centre for Global Business, and Monash Business Digitalisation Research Network, Monash Business School
•    Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, UK
•    Centre of People, Work and Organisational Practice, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK

In collaboration with: Capital University of Economics and Business, China; Renmin University of China
 

Organising Committee

The organising team includes:

Professor Greg Bamber & Professor Fang Lee Cooke, both Monash University, Australia
Dr Stewart Johnstone & Joshua Haist, Newcastle University, UK; Dr Margarita Nyfoudi, Birmingham University, UK

The International Symposium advisory board includes the above team with the following additions:

Professor Xiliang Feng, Capital University, China; Professor Helen Shipton, Nottingham Trent University, UK; Professor Lucy Taksa, Macquarie University, Australia; Professor Weiguo Yang, Renmin University of China 

References

Colbert, A., Yee, N., & George, G. (2016). The digital workforce and the workplace of the future, Academy of Management Journal, 59(3), 731-739.

Leidner, S., Baden, D., & Ashleigh, M. J. (2019). Green (environmental) HRM: aligning ideals with appropriate practices. Personnel Review, 48(5), 1169-1185.

OECD (2019). Data on the future of work. Available at: https://www.oecd.org/els/emp/future-of-work/data/ Schwab, K. (2018). The Fourth Industrial Revolution. New York: Crown.

UNHCR (2019). Global trends: Forced displacement in 2018. Available at: https://www.unhcr.org/statistics/unhcrstats/5d08d7ee7/unhcr-global-trends-2018.html

Wang, W., & Siau, K. (2019). Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics, Future of Work and Future of Humanity: A Review and Research Agenda. Journal of Database Management, 30(1), 61-79.

Wood, A. J., Graham, M., Lehdonvirta, V., & Hjorth, I. (2019). Good gig, bad gig: autonomy and algorithmic control in the global gig economy. Work, Employment and Society, 33(1), 56-75.

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Contact

Only for academic queries, for example, to discuss a potential submission, please contact the organisers: BAMhrmPrato20@ncl.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact the BAM office at eventsofficer@bam.ac.uk or on 02073837770

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Event Fee 

Early Bird fee (Before date TBC):

  • Non-BAM members: £115
  • BAM Members: £95
  • Full-time students; fully retired or not in employment: £95 (certified evidence to be supplied to Eventsandnetworks@bam.ac.uk)

Stardard Fee (on or after TBC)

  • Non-BAM members: £185
  • BAM Members: £145
  • Full-time students; fully retired or not in employment: £95 (certified evidence to be supplied to Eventsandnetworks@bam.ac.uk)

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Registration

Booking deadline: TBC

 

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27th June 2021
Non-BAM Member £ 185.00
BAM Member £ 145.00
Full-time students; fully retired or not in employment £ 95.00
Event Information
Product Code 415360
Event Provider British Academy of Management Human Resource Management Special Interest Group, together with the sponsors and collaborators as listed.
Date / Time 27-29 June 2021
Venue Monash University Prato Centre, Palazzo Vaj, Prato, near Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Event Type Conference
Target Audience All Levels
Price Early Bird fee (Before date TBC): Non-BAM members: £115 BAM Members: £95 Full-time students; fully retired or not in employment: £95 Stardard Fee (on or after date TBC) Non-BAM members: £185 BAM Members: £145 Full-time students; fully retired
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Contact Only for academic queries, for example, to discuss a potential submission, please contact the organisers: BAMhrmPrato20@ncl.ac.uk For general enquiries, please contact the BAM office at eventsofficer@bam.ac.uk or on 02073837770
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