LERA 19th Annual PhD Student Consortium

Who is an Employee Today? The Shape and Boundaries of Employment Relationships in the New Economy

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8 – 11:30 am
Anaheim Hilton, San Simeon AB
(Held in Conjunction with the LERA 69th Annual Meeting, June 1-4, 2017)

38 people are registered for this event as of 4/24/2017.

Sponsored by contributions from:

  • Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations;
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management;
  • Pennsylvania State University, School of Labor and Employment Relations;
  • Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations;
  • University of California-Los Angeles, Institute for Research of Labor and Employment;
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Labor and Employment Relations;
  • University of Toronto, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources

19th PhD Student Consortium Co-Chairs:


Tingting Zhang,

University of Toronto

Federica De Stefano,

Bocconi University

Jung Ook Kim,

Rutgers University


“Diversity, deconstruction and inequality” describe the evolution trajectory of employment relations governance in the last four decades (Osterman, 2013, p. 741). Discontinuities in markets and society radically changed the content and context of work facilitating the diffusion of more flexible and precarious employment models in response to environmental turbulence. These changes challenged the traditional boundaries and administrative rules of internal and external labor markets and profoundly modified how employees, employers, scholars and policy-makers perform, organize, experience and, generally, understand work. Who is and who is not an employee today? What are the boundaries of the firm and of employment relationships within it? How did employment relationships and their study evolve over time? This consortium aims to address these questions.

In presence of leading scholars in the fields of industrial and employment relations and human resource management, we will focus on these topics trying to bridge different disciplinary perspectives. Moreover, we will discuss the major research trends and opportunities for PhD students in the area. Finally, together with young scholars, we will analyze issues related to the job market and to managing careers in their early stages.

Osterman, P. (2013). Introduction to the special issue on job quality: What does it mean and how might we think about it?. Industrial & Labor Relations Review, 66(4), 739-752.

2017 LERA PhD Student Consortium Agenda

  • 8:00 – 8:30 am, Breakfast and Introductions
  • 8:30 – 9 am, David Lewin, UCLA:Speaker Topic “Independent Contracting vs. Employee Status: Control as a Variable of Interest.”
  • 9 – 9:10 am, Break
  • 9:10 – 10:20 am, "Meet the Editor" Panel: Editors of prestigious journals will discuss the aim, the scope and the expectations of the journals and share their views on how to manage the process of academic publishing:
    • Rosemary Batt, Cornell University, ILRR
    • Matt Bidwell, University of Pennsylvania, Org. Science
    • James Hayton, Rutgers University, HRM
    • David Lewin, UCLA, AILR
  • 10:20 – 10:30 am, Break
  • 10:30 – 11:30 am, Junior Faculty PanelJunior scholars will discuss Job Market and Emergent Career concerns:
    • Alan Benson, University of Minnesota
    • Ben Rissing, Cornell University
  • 11:45 am - 1:45 pm, LERA Presidential Luncheon - tables reserved for LERA PhD Students


Please RSVP for the conference to Tingting Zhang at [email protected]. You will also have the opportunity to RSVP to this event at the time that you register for the LERA 69th Annual Meeting, June 1-4, 2017, in Anaheim, CA.

The registration fee includes a badge that will provide access to both the PhD Student Consortium and to the entire 4 days of LERA meetings being held June 1-4, 2017. Depending on fundraising, students attending the Consortium may be reimbursed all or a portion of the early-bird student rate ($125) for their meeting registration fees following the conference. You will need to be present at the consortium and sign-in, and following the conference, checks will mailed to the address you list when you sign-in.