Spring 2005 Colloquia
January 31, 2005
Professor Robert Flanagan, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Labor Economics and Policy Analysis, Stanford University
Professor Flanagan's recent research interests include the effects of globalization on labor conditions, wage structure and labor market adjustments in transition economies and other global human resource management issues. He has written extensively on labor economics, of which two books are co-authored by Lloyd Ullman. His research has covered both macro and micro labor market issues in both U.S. and international labor markets. He has collaborated with economists in other countries, and his early books analyze the effects of income policies in Western European nations.
February 14, 2005
UNION STRUCTURE: THE DEMOCRACY VS. EFFICIENCY DILEMMA AND THE SEIU’S NEW UNITY PROPOSAL
George Strauss, Professor Emeritus, U.C. Berkeley Katie Quan, Chair, CLRE
The SEIU's proposed New Unity Partnership has stirred up considerable
interest and controversy within the union movement. Aside from
the question whether it might ever be adopted, the proposal
raises a number of issues: On the basis of what criteria would
(or should) membership be divided among the proposed 20 unions?
Would forced mergers work? What would be the impact of SEIU-like
centralization on union organizing success? What would be its
impacts on opportunities for membership participation, leadership
development, and internal democracy? And what do we mean by
union democracy, why is it desirable (or isn't it?), and what
is the tradeoff between democracy and efficiency?
If time permits, the impacts of three related trends will also be discussed: the increased hiring of staff from "outside" rather than from the rank-and file; staff people's growing mobility from union to union; and the rapid adoption by unions of managerial techniques (such as formal personnel appraisals) taken from Big Business.
Strauss's talk will be based in part on a book he is co-authoring, tentatively titled "What's Happening in US Unions Today?"
February 25, 2005
A SPECIAL ADDITION TO THE SPRING COLLOQUIA SERIES:
CHANGING ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTS, EVOLVING DIVERSIFICATION STRATEGIES,
AND DIFFERING FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE: JAPAN'S LARGEST TEXTILE
Asli M. Colpan , Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Economics at Kyoto University
Takashi Hikino, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Economics of Kyoto University; Co-editor (with Alfred Chandler, and Franco Amatori) of Big Business and the Wealth of Nations. (NY: Cambridge, 1997)
Masahiro Shimotani, Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Economics at Kyoto University; Co-editor (with Takao Shiba) of Beyond the Firm: Business Groups in International and Historical Perspective (NY: Oxford, 1997), and a number of books in Japanese on business groups and corporate structure.
February 28, 2005
PREPARING & RETAINING THE WORKFORCE FOR QUALITY
EARLY CARE & EDUCATION:
CURRENT RESEARCH AN POLICY INITIATIVES
Marcy Whitebook, Director and Senior Researcher, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley
March 3, 2005
"SLAVES TO FASHION"
Professor, Sociology, Clark University
Author of "Slaves To Fashion: Poverty and Abuse in the New Sweatshops"
Co-Sponsored with Center for Labor Research & Education, UC Berkeley
March 14, 2005
FAMILY, WAGES & CAREERS: Lessons from Scandinavia
Trond Petersen, Professor, Sociology, Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley
March 22, 2005
CHINESE LABOUR STANDARDS, CHINA'S TRADE UNION FEDERATION, AND THE QUESTION OF ENGAGEMENT
Anita Chan, Senior Research Associate,Contemporary China Centre,Research School of Pacific & Asian Studies, Australia National University, Canberra, Australia
Co-sponsored with the Center for Labor Research & Education
Monday, April 4, 2005
Mark M. Glickman, U.S. Government Accountability Office, San Francisco
Wednesday, April 6, 2005
VARIETIES OF LABOR TRANSNATIONALISM - COMPARING LABOR STRATEGIES FOR THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
Monday, April 18, 2005 ~ 12noon – 1pm
ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF A PERMANENT POLITICAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
Arie Arnon, Professor of Economics, Ben Gurion University, Israel