AIAS Lunch Seminar Heejung Chung - 23 oktober 2008

Heejung Chung (AIAS/UvT) will give a seminar in our AIAS lunch seminar series, with the title:

“Working time flexibility components of European companies: flexibility for workers and flexibility for companies”

Working time flexibility has been gaining much attention for its ability to facilitate the needs of both employers and employees. However, most studies on the use of working time flexibility arrangements have been restricted to one, usually the use of part-time work, or only few arrangements. One of the reasons for this is the lack of data source that covers the wide range of issues on working time flexibility in one survey. Another problem for working time flexibility studies is that there is yet to be a method in which the arrangements can be examined as a whole. In this paper we explore the possibility of examining working time flexibility arrangements not as separate entities but as bundles. The first question to be asked is then whether or not working-time flexibility arrangements can indeed be grouped as bundles. The next question then becomes, if the arrangements can indeed be bundled into groups, what types of bundles can be found, and what can they be identified as? In other words, what are the main latent factors (characteristics) that can group working time flexibility arrangements? In this paper we use the ESWT (Establishment Survey on Working Time and work life balance) from the European Foundation which covers a wide range of working time flexibility arrangements for the years 2004/2005. Using the ESWT data we can empirically find bundles of working time arrangements that share latent characteristics based on the practices of firms in providing these arrangements. The outcomes of the analysis show that working time arrangements can be bundled as those that are more worker-oriented, those that are more firm or company-oriented and those that can be seen as facilitating the needs of both sides. In addition, we find that the working time flexibility components are not at odds with each other placed in a linear line, where flexibility for workers are on one-side and flexibility for companies on the other. In fact, the components should be seen as different dimensions of working time flexibility.

Day: Thursday 23 October 2008
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 3rd floor building M, Plantage Muidergracht 12
Enrol: Please send us an email. A sandwich will then be provided.

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