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The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment

Various
November, 2015
The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment is a single source book providing researchers, practitioners, managers, policy makers and students with key research on freelancing and self-employment by the leading scholars in the field across business studies, law and economics.

Global Research Workshops on Freelancing and Self-Employment 2015 Presentations

Various
November, 2015
This document is a collection of the presentations provided at the Global Research Workshops on Freelancing and Self-Employment 2015, held 26-27 November 2015 in London.

Introduction: A Freelancing and Self-Employment Research Agenda

November, 2015
This introduction chapter to The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment provides an overview of the content of the book and outlines a research agenda on freelancing.

The Use and Value of Freelancers: The Perspective of Managers

November, 2015
An overview of the various means through which executives and entrepreneurs in Great Britain perceive freelancers as adding value to their businesses. This is chapter 1 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Tracking UK Freelance Workforce Trends 1992-2015

November, 2015
Using data from the UK Labour Force Survey, the article describes the major trends in freelance workforce numbers during the past 20 years. Operationalising a definition of freelancing in terms of Labour Force Survey categories, the data indicates both a substantial absolute increase in freelancer numbers and growth as a proportion of all workforce jobs. This is chapter 2 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Capturing Statistically the “Intermediate Zone” Between the Employee and Employer Firm Owner

November, 2015
This paper provides an overview of the most relevant public data sources for the number of solo self-employed, and discusses the pros and cons of each data source regarding the available data on solo self-employment and its various segments (e.g. freelancers, hybrid entrepreneurs, dependent entrepreneurs). This is chapter 3 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Job Quality and Self-Employment: Is it (Still) Better to Work for Yourself?

November, 2015
There has been a longstanding debate about whether self-employment represents ‘good work’, but little direct evidence on intrinsic job quality in any detail. This essay reports research using data from the UK Skills and Employment Surveys to compare intrinsic job quality and job satisfaction among employees and the self-employed. This is chapter 4 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Women’s Self-Employment and Freelancers Observations on Female Entrepreneurship

Andrea Klinglmair
November, 2015
This paper focuses on the features of female entrepreneurship. Based on a brief review of the existing literature we identify some major lines of argumentation which treat female self-employment in context with its determinants. This is chapter 5 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Entrepreneurs, IPros and the Talent Eco-System

Michel Syrett
November, 2015
With independent professionals and budding entrepreneurs now forming the fastest growing proportion of the workforce, large corporations are losing out on the best talent. This article, based on research conducted for The Economist book Managing Talent, highlights the efforts talent managers are making to access and retain the skills of professional workers who are no longer motivated by the idea of life-long corporate careers. This is chapter 6 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

The Economic Value of Different Types of Solo Self-Employed: A Review

November, 2015
A review of the literature on solo self-employment focusing on prevalence, characteristics and economic contributions. This is chapter 7 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

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