Austerity and Crisis: Managing in the global economy

Last updated, 27 Jan 2013
Starting January 27, 2013 - Ending September 10, 2013 Expired
Mon, 09/09/2013 to Tue, 09/10/2013

Location: Cardiff, UK
Contact: Glenn Morgan (

26th ERU Conference – Cardiff Business School
Monday 9 September 2013 - Tuesday 10 September 2013
Austerity and Crisis: Managing in the global economy
Since the financial crisis of 2007-8, economic growth has stagnated in the western economies and declined in the BRICs from its previous heights. State rescues of banking systems have led to a crisis of public expenditure that has generated electoral change and major social disorder in some Eurozone countries as well as prompting others to engage in major austerity measures.
The resulting high levels of uncertainty about future demand, exacerbated by the overhang of personal debt in the US and the UK in particular, have led many firms to hold back on investment decisions whilst pushing forward plans to reduce employment levels and employment rights, hold down wages and salaries, as well as outsource and offshore to China, India and other emerging economies such as Vietnam an increasing range of labour and knowledge intensive activities.
In this conference, we wish to explore how these experiences of austerity and crisis are affecting the strategies pursued by states, multinational firms, SMEs and employers and employees' organisations. We invite papers in any area related to this outline. Themes we would particularly aim to encourage would be:
•       Responses of trade unions to firm restructuring and state austerity measures
•       The restructuring of work and non-work since the financial crisis
•       The Eurozone crisis and its impact on work and organization in the various countries of the Eurozone and elsewhere
•       Distributional struggles in work, welfare and taxation under conditions of austerity.
•       The changing role of China in the new global economy and the impact of the crisis on labour and employment in China
•       State policies towards austerity and growth and their impacts on firms, employment and welfare
•       Discourses of austerity and crisis; their origins and reproduction and the establishment of alternatives
•       The reconfiguration of global commodity chains in response to crisis
•       The role of finance and financial markets in shaping new corporate formations
•       Public sector restructuring, austerity and the public/private interface
•       The response of business schools and management education to austerity and crisis
We invite submissions for Panels and for paper presentations.
For Panels (90 minutes in length), organizers should submit a title for the panel, a list of 3-4 participants, a short abstract of the general theme of the panel and a paragraph on the contribution of each presenter.
For paper presentations, abstracts of 500 words are invited.
Deadline for submission of panel proposals and abstracts will be 29 April, 2013. Decisions on panels and papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be communicated by 3 June 2013.
For further information, email
Conference Organisers
•       Professor Glenn Morgan
•       Dr. Jonathan Murphy
•       Dr. Heike Doring
Conference venue
Holiday Inn, Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 1XD
Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Professor Mark Blyth
Department of Political Science, Brown University: author of Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Oxford University Press: forthcoming)
Professor Karel Williams
Director of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester: co-author 'After the Great Complacence: Financial Crisis and the Politics of Reform', (Oxford University Press, 2011), 'Financialization at Work: Key Texts and Commentary', (Routledge, 2008), Financialization and Strategy, Narrative and Numbers (Routledge, 2006).
Professor Michael Lounsbury
Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta: co-editor Markets on Trial: The economic sociology of the US Financial Crisis (Research in the Sociology of Organizations 2010); co-author The Institutional Logics Perspective (Oxford University Press 2012)