Work, Organisation, Transnationalisation

In modern societies, paid work usually takes place in organisations. Organisations not only provide workplaces but also function as independent social structures. And they are actors in their own right, whose behaviour impacts on and transforms work, working conditions and labour markets as well as economic relations in general. At the same time, organisations are embedded in institutional structures that regulate work and employment and shape their behaviour. We regard organisations as both locations of strategic action and as social structures.
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Work, Gender and Politics

FORBA's thematic research area on 'Work, Gender and Politics' deals with the study and analysis of the contractual relations and legal regulations in place for different forms of work and social security. These different forms of regulation are vital in determining the access various social groups have to the labour market as well as to income, social services, education and social rights. The concrete regulatory frameworks adopted by a country for paid and unpaid labour depend on the way social interests are organised and articulated and the way political and social conflicts are resolved.
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Sustainable Working Life

This research area focuses on changing working conditions. Increasingly diverse worlds of work and private life (accompanied by an enduring inequality of circumstances) force labour research to look beyond the immediate working environment and extend its focus to lifestyle patterns. Sustainability, in this context, refers to the often difficult task of balancing external demands, available resources and personal ambitions – within and between the various spheres of life.
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Information system design and data protection

Information and communication systems (ICT) have led to numerous new forms of work and work organisation, making their design an important issue. FORBA approaches these issues from two major perspectives: Information and communication systems used by companies make use of personal employee data. The most widely known of these systems include those used for Human Resource tasks (to meet legal requirements, e.g. payroll accounting, time management), for performance management (also including monitoring of conduct, such as in controlling, supply management and call centres) and for communication (telephone, e-mail). The legal provisions of the Austrian Labour Constitution Act (especially §96a ArbVG on Ersetzbare Zustimmung) and Data Protection Act (§ 14 DSG 2000 on data security) make agreements and regulations at the enterprise level necessary to safeguard personal data. FORBA analyses these systems and provides works councils and staff representatives with information and strategic support regarding the regulation of personal-data use. In addition, analyses and suggestions for improvement are available to companies drawing up data-protection/security guidelines.
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