Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Neuerscheinung: How restructuring is changing occupations [20.01.2009]

This study is published within the EU project WORKS. In cooperation with scientists from the Fondation Travail-Université (FTU), Belgium, Bettina-Johanna Krings and Linda Nierling analyse the consequences of globalisation on different occupational groups.

30 qualitative case studies from 14 European countries form the basis for this study on the consequences of globalisation on the individual level. The results from knowledge-intensive occupations (IT and fashion design), semi-skilled occupations (front office employees in the public sector) and low-skilled occupations (production workers in the food and clothing industries) show that globalised restructuring processes have different effects on individuals. According to the study, the factors skills and qualification, gender and institutional setting are crucial for these effects.

The EU research report referring to this publication can be downloaded from The study itself can be ordered by e-mail (hiva∂, Fax (+32 16 323344) or via ordering facilities at

Gérard Valenduc, Patricia Vendramin, Bettina-Johanna Krings & Linda Nierling
How restructuring is changing occupations. Case study evidence from knowledge-intensive, manufacturing and service occupations
Leuven: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 2008. Higher institute of labour studies. 196p. ISBN: 9789088360046, 196 Seiten, 19 Euro

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