Management Seminars: Lynne Pettinger (Warwick University)

17 September 2019, 12.00 PM - 17 September 2019, 1.30 PM

Lynne Pettinger (Warwick University)

1.01 Howard House

Title: What's wrong with work? The problems of the present and the lessons of the past


Thinking about the present as a time of crisis, catastrophe and uncertainty inevitably generates worries about what the future will bring. In this talk, I’ll discuss the three knots of work that I think really matter to understanding work in the present: informal work, environmental work, and technological work. I’ll frame each as being especially important to present social, environmental and economic crises, and explores some of their interconnections and co-dependencies. In so doing, I’ll think about how academic and media discussions of present and future work tend to reflect only on some kinds of work and use long-established, but very particular, concepts for doing so. I’ll suggest that re-telling the story of what work is and what it does in in the world might generate some different kinds of knowledge and understanding of the present and future of work.

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