Quotation Mühlberger, Ulrike, Bertolini, Sonia. 2008. The Organizational Governance of Work Relationships Between Employment and Self-employment. Socio-Economic Review 6 (3): 449-472.




This paper analyses work relationships on the border between employment and self-employment and the consequences of making use of these new forms of work, especially on the side of firms. We study the complexity and variety of dependent forms of outsourcing by comparing the firm-internal solutions adopted to solve the arising control-flexibility dilemma in two industries (insurance, business services) embedded in two different institutional contexts (Italy, Austria). It is shown that employers have established informal relational contracts that, in combination with formal contracts, reduce the threat of opportunism while simultaneously allowing a certain amount of control over the worker. We highlight that through the mechanisms of control and dependency, hierarchy returns into the relationship. Finally, we stress that social relationships complement the market mechanism through the creation of assurance and trust as well as the development of specific configurations of social networks (i.e. network and temporal embeddedness).


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Socio-Economic Review
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, VW-B, WH-B
Language English
Title The Organizational Governance of Work Relationships Between Employment and Self-employment
Volume 6
Number 3
Year 2008
Page from 449
Page to 472
Reviewed? Y
URL http://ser.oxfordjournals.org/


Famira-Mühlberger, Ulrike (Former researcher)
Bertolini, Sonia (University of Turin, Italy)
Department of Economics (Kartal) (Details)
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