Sauder Researcher Gets Major Support for Research on Globalization and Work
A researcher from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia is part of an international team led by the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) that will conduct a vast study of work and employment in a global context. This team, which includes Danielle van Jaarsveld, Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Division at the Sauder School, will receive one of the four $2.5 million grants awarded this year by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) through its Major Collaborative Research Initiatives program (MCRI).
“The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funds research that builds understanding of complex issues that affect our society,” said SSHRC president Chad Gaffield. “The MCRI program supports leading-edge interdisciplinary research and fosters international collaboration, strengthening Canada’s leadership role in global research”.
The CRIMT team will examine the involvement of institutional players in dialogues about change and seek to gain a better understanding of the capabilities required to evolve and thrive in this new environment. Key issues include the cross-border organization of production and care, citizenship in the workplace and the implementation of public policies that redistribute work rights and risks, new forms of collective representation, and the social aspects of comparative institutional advantage.
“Globalization is rewriting the rules in workplaces across the globe. People in the world of work need maps and new ways to dialogue about change but the ones on offer in many countries are just not up to the task,” said Professor Gregor Murray, who is leading this research program. “This international project is about developing new tools, new capabilities and new institutions so that players in the world of work can see current trends as an opportunity to shape the kind of society they want to live in.”
According to Sauder's van Jaarsveld, “this kind of international project represents a valuable opportunity to internationalize research and training opportunities for both researchers and students.”
CRIMT is an interuniversity and interdisciplinary research centre that brings together researchers from around the world to look at the theoretical and practical challenges of institutional renewal for work and employment in a global context. Its director (Gregor Murray) and co-directors (Jacques Bélanger and Christian Lévesque) are located at Université de Montréal, Université Laval and HEC Montréal. CRIMT includes 75 researchers from 16 Canadian universities and 25 institutions and universities from 10 other countries, including Danielle van Jaarsveld from The University of British Columbia.
The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia is Canada's leading academic business school. Recognized globally for its contributions to management practice through innovative research and teaching, the school is dedicated to opening worlds of opportunities for its students, alumni and associated communities.
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