Understanding the Present and Future of Work in the Fissured Workplace Context

  title={Understanding the Present and Future of Work in the Fissured Workplace Context},
  author={David. Weil},
  pages={147 - 165}
  • D. Weil
  • Published 1 December 2019
  • Economics, Business
  • RSF
The fissuring of business structures fundamentally changes the nature of employment and work in industries and the economy as a whole. This article describes the core elements comprising fissuring, distinguishes them from the narrower concepts of contingent work and alternative work arrangements, and provides an estimate of its size. Work restructuring arising from fissuring alters wage determination inside and outside firms affected by it and provides an alternative explanation for a growing… 

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