Olga Cretu

Olga Cretu

Int. MSc, MRes, PhD

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Introduction
Dreaming about having 'free' time for writing a couple of articles on the basis of my PhD thesis :)
Education
October 2010 - October 2011
Middlesex University
Field of study
  • Research Methods for Business and Management
October 2008 - May 2010
Glasgow University + Jagiellonian University
Field of study
  • Russian, Central & East European Studies
January 2005 - May 2008
Moldova State University
Field of study
  • International Relations

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Publications (11)
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This chapter analyses current trends, main institutional features and employment practices in the Russian construction sector. Based on ethnographic research in Russia and Moldova, the study adopts a bottom-up approach privileging the point of view of migrant labor which dominates shop-floor trades in the sector. The chapter focuses on recruitment,...
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This chapter presents to the generalist HRM reader a background to migration studies in order to understand the challenges and opportunities that labour mobility creates for organisations. Theoretical, empirical and historical tools are provided to interpret the context of contemporary labour migration from a critical perspective. Despite the growt...
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This review explores Russian academic debates around migration, highlighting theoretical, empirical and policy issues which are specific to the Former Soviet Union (FSU). In global terms, FSU migration volumes are high: the Ukraine-Russia migration corridors are second only to those straddling the border between Mexico and the United States. Russia...
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Between 2004 and 2007 most post-socialist European countries joined the European Union, while further plans for accession or partnership were laid out for what was left of former-Yugoslavia and the southwestern fringes of the former Soviet Union. For Western Europe, this was the crowning of an expansion process that promised to bring peace and stab...
Thesis
This thesis analyses transborder career trajectories to explain how the micro-level of working agency is imbedded into broader social processes. Women migrants’ professional careers are understudied in social sciences which overwhelmingly remain gender-blind and nationally bound. As a starting point this thesis understands working lives as a comple...
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The construction industry historically is characterised by high levels of labour mobility favouring the recruitment of migrant labour. In the EU migrant workers make up around 25% of overall employment in the sector and similar if not higher figures exist for the sector in Russia. The geo-political changes of the 1990s have had a substantial impact...
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This article focuses on migrant workers’ agency through exploring the relationship between working and employment conditions, on one side, and labour mobility, on the other. The study is based on qualitative research involving workers from Moldova and Ukraine working in the Russian and Italian construction sector. Fieldwork has been carried out in...
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Scholarship on international migration has shown how structural features of the global capitalist economy contribute to labour mobility. This paper looks into labour migrants’ recruitment and employment systems to identify their forms of resistance. The study is based on qualitative research involving workers from Moldova and Ukraine working in the...
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This article analyses management–union–worker relations in a foreign-owned Moldovan clothing factory. Studies of post-socialist industrial relations have focused on explaining labour quiescence, advancing ‘path dependence’ and ‘Soviet legacy’ arguments. These draw attention to strong links between management and unions, and weak relations between t...
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Questo capitolo analizza le forme di resistenza operaia nell’industria dell’Europa sud-orientale, al fine di individuare possibilità e limiti di riforma del sindacato post-comunista e di ripresa del conflitto sociale. Il movimento operaio e sindacale in quest’area è stato il grande assente nel processo di trasformazione capitalistica. Lo studio del...

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Projects (2)
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To record, analyse and critique the new world of work under post Communism.
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This research project aims to analyze the relationship between population movements and contemporary work, considering the construction sector, where the intake of foreign workers is a key factor. In particular, through a comparative approach the project will study the different experiences of Ukrainian and Moldovan workers in Italy and in Russia. As a matter of fact, unlike other Eastern European countries, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine are crossed by strong tensions due to international mobility of migrant workers towards Russia and European countries. The aim is to analyze labour processes with low technological intensity and to highlight how they can be compared with other types of activities within the countries and at international level. The general hypothesis supporting this research is that working conditions, considering the harmfulness, the work-loads and the danger exposure are producing a high turnover among workers. Given these conditions the labour demand needs the enlargement of the catchment area of labor-recruitment of workers. In order to study the enlargement of labor-recruitment researchers will focus on the role of social actors such as, employment international agencies, actors dealing with the recruitment of teams of workers, public services dealing with workers’ placement. The research aims to investigate these aspects in comparative terms, in order to highlight the transformations that are occurring among migrants who have similar family and social backgrounds irrespective of final destinations of migration trajectories. A first part of the research will involve the native areas of migrant workers, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, in order to make inquires about their background in terms of family, social and working conditions, and to verify the reasons these migrants are addressed to eastern or to western countries. The research will focus on the study of several construction sites situated in Russia (Saint Petersburg and Moscow), and in Italy (Milan and Padua). The specific objects of this project are: 1) The analysis of the scientific literature on the migrations coming from Ukraine and from the Republic of Moldova and on the construction sector in Italy and in Russia as well; 2) The survey of: the labor market, the labor contracts and the working conditions in the construction sector in these different countries. The research will stress the attention to the analysis of the work-pace, the labour relations, the frequency and the types of the industrial accidents, the wage levels, the undeclared work and the levels of the labor conflicts. The aim is also to analyze types of working activities through a paradigm focused on the idea of the immobilized worker, far from the representation of free waged worker; 3) The analysis of the role played by the recruitment agencies, by other actors in managing the labor force recruitment and the intermediation of workers in the construction sites of the Russian and of the Italian cities; 4) The reconstruction of the profiles of Ukrainian and Moldovan workers employed in Russia and in Italy, considering the country of arriving, the age, the education, the career paths, the previous migrant experiences and the availability of social networks. Regarding the methodology, this research project plans to interweave different approaches. On one hand there will be a literature search and the analysis of statistics and other records, on the other hand it will be employed an ethnographic observation, some in-depth and semi-structured interviews. The results of each research will be inserted in two preliminary reports that will be discussed after the first year of the research project. The two final reports will be presented and discussed at the end of the research project at an international seminar, in order to synthesize the research produced and to propose other researches that will arrange to deepen the comparison of the migration mobility in Russia and in some countries of European Union.