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What Institutional resources are available to trade unions? Part of our research seminar programme

Date: 23 November 2017
Time: 12:00 - 13:00

LSBU Southwark Campus - London Road, Room LR391

Organiser: Prof. Karin Moser
Contact details: 020 7815 7701,
Price: Free
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Whilst Greece, Portugal and Spain share many common characteristics, is institutional security an essential platform for unions seeking to develop sources of power?

This event is part of the "research today!" seminar programme for Autumn 2017. ‘research today!’ is a research seminar series that shows the width of research in the Business School, and is a forum to foster the collaboration and exchange among interested colleagues. We meet weekly during teaching term times.

Institutional resources are one of the sources of power available to trade unions, but recent literature has tended to pay less attention to these than to associational and organizational resources. We examine institutional resources in three Southern European countries, Greece, Portugal and Spain, which share many common characteristics. However, the character of institutional resources in Spanish industrial relations is distinctive. We examine the plasticity of industrial relations institutions in Spain in terms of labour market outcomes but argue that institutional security is an essential platform for unions seeking to develop other sources of power.

Visiting fellow, Mike Rigby will be discussing his research what Institutional resources are available to trade unions, and will be joined by Sheena Murdoch who will be moderating the event.

"research today!" is back

Our “research today!” seminar is now open. If you haven’t been to one before, these are short presentations of emerging or new research in the School of Business, followed by an informal discussion. They last an hour, they are happening every week from now until the end of term, and this season is bigger and better than ever with some exciting guests.

Who can present?

Researchers and doctoral students from the Business School and associated guests, visitors and collaborators. This is a research forum to exchange ideas, get to know each other's research and foster collaboration in a collegial and friendly environment. The Season Two programme is full, but you can still book a spot for Season Three this autumn. Contact Karin Moser on

What’s in it for me if I come along?

How long do you have? Find out about Generation Y and what they buy, entrepreneurship in Vietnam, what makes up the rhetoric of US presidents’ speeches, the business models of East London gangs, or the relationship between information disclosure and financial performance in China to name only a few. See new ways of presenting persuasively. Meet new colleagues. Discover things you have in common. Test new ideas and bring your best arguments. It could even lead to new research collaborations.

View the full "research today!" seminar programme for Autumn 2017 (PDF File 805 KB)

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