Studies of work and organization - both key concepts in sociological analysis - have a long history at the department.
How organizations are formed, controlled and managed have been important research questions. The internationalization of the economy, increased labour migration and the introduction of new technologies make one question earlier models of work organization. To what extent the trend is towards more fundamental changes - a "post bureaucracy" or "the new working life" - is controversial. What happens with working life’s institutions and actors, negotiation systems and strategies are other important issues. Women's integration in the labour market has put the spotlight on issues of equality and balance between work and family. There is also increased attention paid to the situation of immigrants, not least what role discrimination plays for their employability.
Researchers and fields of research
- Work and family: Anne Lise Ellingsæter
- Democracy and company democracy: Sveinung Legard, Tian Sørhaug, Fredrik Engelstad
- Discrimination: Gunn E. Birkelund
- Labour organisations, wage negotiation: Arvid Fennefoss
- Financialisation: Tian Sørhaug
- Gender segregation: Anne Lise Ellingsæter
- Knowledge organisations and innovation: Tian Sørhaug
- Leadership and authority in organisations: Fredrik Engelstad, Tian Sørhaug
- The time for work: Anne Lise Ellingsæter
- Organisasjon og ledelse i det nye arbeidslivet: Tian Sørhaug
- Relations between organisations and chains of value: Tian Sørhaug
- Sick leave: Anniken Hagelund, Arne Mastekaasa