Open Workshop by Andrey Shevchuk: The rise of freelance contracting on the Russian-language Internet

The aim of the Open Workshop Series in Business and Management Studies is to promote top-quality academic and applied research in various fields of the social sciences. This is a unique opportunity for sharing knowledge and networking with local and international community members.

15:00 - 17:00 Friday 08/12/2017

SSE Riga, Strelnieku 4a, Room 507

Speaker: Andrey Shevchuk, Associate Professor of Sociology at National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, Russia.

Freelance contracting over the Internet represents an emerging model of work, illuminating a shift from the figure of traditional freelancer embedded in the local market to the global worker delivering services across spatial and national borders. A huge market in the Russian-language segment of the internet has integrated freelancers and their clients not only from Russia but also from other transition economies that used to be part of the former Soviet Union. Presenting the long-term research agenda, we discuss theoretical and methodological challenges associated with exploring internet-based freelancers. We shed light on the social organization of the digital freelance economy and the unique features of the freelance contracting in the post-Soviet context. We argue that freelance contracting on the Internet constitutes an innovative social practice in Russia and other transition economies. Drawing on unique dataset comprising three waves of survey data, we reveal trends in the changing demographic profile of freelancers as well as important insights about their careers, work values and challenges.

Dr. Andrey Shevchuk is Associate Professor of Sociology at National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, Russia. He is also senior research fellow in Laboratory for Studies in Economic Sociology at HSE. His work primarily examines the development of freelance contracting and online labor markets in Russia. His papers on freelancers appeared in the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Small Enterprise Research and several edited volumes. He also has interest in economic sociology and comparative capitalisms. Personal pages: https://www.hse.ru/en/staff/shevchuk, https://scholar.google.ru/citations?user=x8bKFOYAAAAJ&hl

Please sign up for the seminar, writing to arnis.sauka@sseriga.edu by December 8th, 2017.

Workshop is supported by the National Research Program 5.2 EKOSOC - LV

The aim of the SSE Riga Open Workshop Series is to:

  • to foster cooperation between business and management researchers, practitioners and policy makers, as well as
  • to promote academic and applied research in various fields of the social sciences, focusing on but not limited to entrepreneurship, marketing, management, public administration and strategy.

Organised by the Centre for Sustainable Business at SSE Riga.


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