Mark Smith

Mark Smith
Grenoble École de Management | GEM · Department of People, Organization and Society

PhD

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September 2007 - present
Grenoble École de Management
Position
  • Professor (Full)
September 2000 - August 2007
The University of Manchester
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  • Lecturer
September 1993 - August 2000
University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology
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  • Research Associate

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Publications (88)
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Supposedly emblematic of digital capitalism, the rise of the gig economy is frequently taken as a cypher for the developing deindustrialisation of western societies. It is tempting to interpret the shift of manufacturing jobs to the global south and their replacement with service sector jobs as a one-way street, leading to the demise of decent work...
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A basic income policy, whereby individuals receive unconditional, regular payments regardless of their income, wealth or economic activity, has been a long-held goal for many. Increasing discussions among a variety of stakeholders and evidence of concrete actions in many European states suggest its time may have come. Yet there is also resistance,...
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The “platform economy” uses technology to match workers to discreet tasks and has created what may be considered a new paradigm of what work means, and what it provides. As with any relationship between organisation and worker, a series of obligations and expectations emerge – both codified and non-codified. However there is not necessarily agreeme...
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Youth and the Politics of the Present presents a range of topical sociological investigations into various aspects of the everyday practices of young adults in different European contexts. Indeed, this volume provides an original and provocative investigation of various current central issues surrounding the effects of globalization and the directi...
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We examine the relationship between ‘flexicurity’ systems, unemployment and well-being outcomes for young people in Europe. A key tenet of the flexicurity approach is that greater flexibility of labour supply supports transitions into employment, trading longer-term employment stability for short-term job instability. However, there is a risk that...
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This chapter adopts a critical perspective on policymaking in European labor markets before, during, and after the Great Recession. Using extensive analysis of recent policies at the flexibility–security interface, the chapter identifies four key weaknesses in relation to young people: There was an over-reliance on supply-side policies and quantita...
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In this paper we argue for the recognition of the expatriate’s family as a stakeholder of the firm during the expatriation. We demonstrate why the expatriate’s family can be regarded as a stakeholder of the parent company and what kind of a stakeholder the family is. Additionally, we argue that the parent company needs to develop and apply a holist...
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Purpose This paper aims to explore the experience of self-initiated expatriates (SIEs) moving from the global South to the global North. It considers the relationship between country of origin and host country, the role of non-traditional destinations and the choices made by SIEs. Design/methodology/approach In-depth interviews were conducted with...
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Platform work can be understood as a particularly acute instance of the individualization of economic risk. Responding to the broader trends of labour commodification and decline of the standard employment relationship, psychological contract theory emerged as a way to conceptualize fairness in individualized work arrangements. In this paper, we dr...
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It is well established that unemployment and insecurity have a negative impact on well-being. Yet it has been proposed that unemployment hits young people less hard, psychologically speaking, because work is not as central to their identity and because they have fewer financial responsibilities than prime-age workers. If this is true, then the high...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the conceptual construct of social innovation in business as distinct from social innovation implemented by civil society and the state. The general absence of sustained research and analysis of this phenomenon, and the dominance of grey and policy-oriented literature, mean that a broadly accepted def...
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This paper provides an overview of the key factors impacting upon the gender pay gap in the UK, Europe and Australia. Forty years after the implementation of the first equal pay legislation, the pay gap remains a key aspect of the inequalities women face in the labour market. While the overall pay gap has tended to fall in many countries over the p...
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This study builds on previous theory and research on strategy, human resource management and performance to propose a conceptual framework that suggests employee ‘Line of Sight’ to the strategic objectives has significant mediating effects on this relationship. We focus beyond the practice-strategy alignment to concentrate more specifically on the...
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The use of certification to regulate the labour market offers a flexible means to address social goals while also working with the prevailing institutional climate of low regulation and resistance to additional ‘constraints’ on managerial prerogative. However, such approaches risk variations across institutional spaces and even organisations within...
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This report: - Assesses the current employment conditions of part-time workers in comparison with those of comparable full-time workers across a range of countries. - Investigates the barriers to mutually agreed and freely chosen part-time work that meets the needs of both employers and workers. - Identifies those government policies and enterprise...
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In 2009, the European Union (EU) recorded the sharpest contraction of real GDP (-4%) in its history. The EU's response to the downturn was the launch, in December 2008, of the European Economic Recovery Plan, a massive and coordinated policy action based on financial rescue policies, fiscal stimulus measures and structural reforms implemented at th...
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This report presents a new way of investigating gender segregation by occupation. The analyses show conclusively that the nature of the occupation itself is important, above and beyond whether an occupation is male-dominated, female-dominated or mixed, and above and beyond whether an occupation is blue-collar or white-collar.
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The Great Recession furnishes a significant field of research for the analysis of trends in employment and national policies from a gender perspective. We argue that it is necessary to take a holistic view of the consequences of the recession both on the labour market and on labour market policies. In the context of widespread rises in female emplo...
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Vulnerable workers can be expected to be more subject to direct managerial control over the work process and have little opportunity for participation in shaping their work environment. Opportunities for participation are not only in themselves desirable, but may also have beneficial effects on job quality. However, there has been little exploratio...
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The book presents state-of- the-art research on women and men's current position in European labour markets. It combines analysis of the latest trends in employment, occupational segregation, working time, unpaid work, social provisions (especially care provisions) and the impact of the financial crisis, with overall assessment of the actual impact...
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Despite much legislative progress in gender equality over the past 40 years, there are still gender gaps across many aspects of the labour market. Inequalities are still evident in areas such as access to the labour market, employment patterns and associated working conditions. This report explores gender differences across several dimensions of wo...
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There has been more than 30 years of equal pay legislation in the European Union yet the gap between male and female earnings has remained remarkably resilient and is present across all Member States, regardless of national institutional arrangements. The European regulatory landscape has changed to one relying heavily on soft law approaches and wi...
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Events such as Trafigura's illegal dumping of toxic waste in Côte d’Ivoire and BP's environmentally disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have highlighted ethical issues in international business at a time when business leaders, academics and business schools were reflecting on their own responsibilities following the global financial crisis....
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Purpose – In this paper the authors aim to consider the impact of regulatory changes on work-life integration outcomes. Using the cases of France and the UK they seek to explore changes in objective and subjective measures of work-family conflict. Design/methodology/approach – The authors use data from the European Foundation's European Working Con...
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This paper provides a comprehensive synthesis of previous research examining the link between different aspects of working time and outcomes in terms of work-life “integration” or “balance”, which includes but is not limited to the reconciliation of work and family life. It also explicitly considers the extent to which various types of working time...
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France often falls between the gaps in the classification of welfare states and the position of women on the labour market. French women have reached relatively high levels of participation compared to Southern European neighbours, and have avoided the high use of part-time work common among some of its more Northern neighbours. In France there is...
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Across Europe young adults face considerable challenges in navigating their way onto the labour market and establishing themselves as independent citizens. At the European level there is ongoing concern about the plight of young adults, not least because youth employment rates were slow to respond to the relatively strong economic conditions betwee...
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This article analyses the changing position of gender in the European Employment Strategy (EES) since its 2005 relaunch. Overall, we find a picture of mixed progress towards gender equality goals across Member States. There is evidence of the EU soft law approach leading to positive developments as the use of targets in conjunction with Country-Spe...
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Purpose – This paper aims to explore the management of working time flexibility and firm performance, measured by operating hours, in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. Design/methodology/approach – The paper analyses the European Capital Operating time, Work and Employment Survey (EUCOWE), designed to collect workplace informatio...
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This paper attempts to redress the balance in research on expatriation by exploring the experiences of an under-researched group of expatriates in an under-researched destination. Although there has been an increase in research on the adjustment of expatriates, the focus of IHRM research has, to date, tended to view the expatriation process through...
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This volume is the second book based on comparative and comprehensive data from the 2003 representative European Union Company survey of Operating hours, Working times and Employment (EUCOWE) in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. This publication complements and builds on the first book published in 2007 in wh...
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The chapter is divided into six sections. The next Section 5.2 reviews the links between working time and organisational size. Section 5.3 briefly considers some methodological issues relating to the use of the EUCOWE survey in this paper. Section 5.4 examines the operating hours by establishment size, establishment autonomy and country, and examin...
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In order to monitor progress with respect to gender equality in European Union member states, indices are extremely useful. Existing indices are, however, not appropriate because they do not focus exclusively on gender (in)equality and have not been created to be used at the European level. Therefore a European Union Gender Equality Index is presen...
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This volume is the second book based on comparative and comprehensive data from the 2003 representative European Union Company survey of Operating hours, Working times and Employment (EUCOWE) in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. The EUCOWE project is the first representative and standardised European company...
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In this paper we highlight how problems of recruitment and retention in front-line services create a particular challenge to traditional HRM models and solutions. The price-sensitive nature of front-line service work means that the scope for improving terms and conditions, that may ameliorate recruitment and retention difficulties, is often limited...
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Promoting job quality and gender equality are objectives of the European Employment Strategy (EES) in spite of a downgrading of the attention given to both in the revised employment guidelines and the re-launch of the Lisbon Process. However, advances on both of these objectives may be important complements to the employment rate targets of the EES...
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The European Union Company survey of Operating hours, Working times and Employment (EUCOWE) survey represented the first systematic attempt to measure operating hours in the UK using primary data. The limited direct interest in operating times in the UK is somewhat surprising when one considers the political and regulatory context of working time p...
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The European Union (EU) has an explicit commitment to raise the employment rate for women and to advance gender mainstreaming (GM) and gender equality in both employment and social inclusion policies. In this article we assess developments in the latest round of National Action Plans (NAPs), with particular attention to the situations in the 10 new...
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In 2003, equal opportunities policy in the European Union suffered both ups and downs. New opportunities came in the guise of the hotly contested new directive on gender equality outside the field of employment, in the invitation to present the first of an annual report on equality between women and men to the Spring Council, in the consolidation o...
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While the momentum has certainly not yet disappeared from the gender equality agenda within Europe, the impact of that agenda remains patchy. Progress within individual member states has been significant but not always steady or cumulative. At the European level more attention has been paid to the gender pay gap but policy initiatives remain weak....
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In order to monitor progress with respect to gender equality in European Union member states, indices are extremely useful. Existing indices are, however, not appropriate because they do not focus exclusively on gender (in)equality and have not been created to be used at the European level. Therefore a European Union Gender Equality Index is presen...
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The University of Manchester, England hosted the fourth Work, Employment and Society Conference, on 1–3 September 2004. Previous WES conferences were held in Nottingham in 2001, Cambridge in 1998, and Canterbury in 1994. Two even earlier stages in the process of institutionalization were the first British Sociological Association conference on the...
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The European employment strategy initiated in 1997 is critically dependent upon the further integration of women into the labor market. The European Union has set a specific target employment rate for women of 60 percent by 2010 and is also committed to providing more and better child care facilities. This gender focus is reinforced by the requirem...