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The Changing Nature of Internal Labor Markets

Опубликовано на портале: 30-08-2003
Journal of Management and Governance. 2002.  Vol. 6. No. 4. P. 281-294. 
Тематический раздел:
Research on Internal Labor Markets (ILMs) has had enormous influence on social sciences since the seminal work by Peter Doeringer and Michael Piore, thirty years ago. This article discusses the past and current contribution of the ILM concept to the development of labor economics, organization theory and human resource management and argues that research on ILMs remains important, despite the changes occurred in the economy. Therefore, a renovated effort of theoretical and field studies is required and desirable in order to reach a better understanding of the efficiency and equity issues the knowledge economy poses to the employment relation. In fact, the emergence of a ``new employment contract'', characterized by less sticky a relation between employer and employees asks for a major re-conceptualization of ILMs that cannot be limited to a diverse, more detailed classification, or to an update of their possible variants. Such re-conceptualization could be linked with the ``new organizational forms literature'', i.e. with that body of research that models organizations as hybrids or networks.