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Organizational Working Time Regimes

International Conference on Working Times

From the 29th until the 31st March 2017 the University of Graz was host of an international research workshop about the dynamics of organizational working time regimes. Renate Ortlieb and Georg Schreyögg from the Institute of Human Resource Management organized the workshop in collaboration with Sara Louise Muhr from the Copenhagen Business School and Blagoy Blagoev from the Freie Universität Berlin.

Researchers from twelve countries and four scientific disciplines came together to debate under the title “Exploring the Dynamics of Organizational Working Time Regimes: Managerial, Occupational, and Institutional Perspectives on Extreme Work“. The participants discussed their research regarding the emergence, the drivers and the perpetuation of regimes of excessive working hours as well as the individual and organizational consequences thereof.

Judy Wajcman, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Mats Alvesson, University Lund, could be welcomed as keynote speakers. Furthermore Jana Costas, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Susanne Ekman, Roskilde University, Laura Empson, Cass Business School, City University of London, and Dan Kärreman, Copenhagen Business School und Royal Holloway, University of London, acted as panelists.  

You can find the conference programme here.

You can find a video of the keynote by Mats Alvesson with the title “Working Time Regimes and Functional Stupidity in Organizations” here.


Special Issue of the German Journal of Human Resource Management (GHRM)

The conference organizers edited a special issue of the German Journal of Human Resource Management (GHRM) linked to the conference. The special issue entitled "Organizational working time regimes: Managerial, occupational and institutional perspectives on extreme work" was published in August 2018 and contains the following articles:

Organizational working time regimes: Drivers, consequences and attempts to change patterns of excessive working hours
Blagoy Blagoev, Sara Louise Muhr, Renate Ortlieb and Georg Schreyögg

Digital technology, work extension and the acceleration society 
Judy Wajcman

How do differing degrees of working-time autonomy and overtime affect worker well-being? A multilevel approach using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) 
Julia Seitz and Thomas Rigotti

Resisting long working hours: The case of Spanish female teleworkers 
Ana Gálvez, Francisco Tirado and José Manuel Alcaráz

The impact of long working hours on the health of German employees
Grit Müller, Anita Tisch and Anne Marit Wöhrmann

The cost of shiftwork: Absenteeism in a large German automobile plant 
Bernd Frick, Robert Simmons and Friedrich Stein

How social acceleration affects the work practices of academics: A study in Brazil
Lucia Rotenberg and Renata Soares Lima Carlos

Working time regimes: A panel discussion on continuing problems   
Jana Costas, Susanne Ekman, Laura Empson, Dan Kärreman and Sara Louise Muhr

Excessive work regimes and functional stupidity 
Mats Alvesson and Katja Einola

More about the GHRM here.


Sub-Theme of EGOS Colloquium 2018

Renate Ortlieb,  Blagoy Blagoev and Laura Empson organized a sub-theme entitled „Overwork, Identity and the Autonomy/Control Paradox in Professional Organizations” within the major European conference for management and organizational research, the Colloquium of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS). The colloquium took place from the 5th until the 8th July 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia.

You can find the programme of the sub-theme here.









Head of Institute Univ.-Prof. Dr. Renate Ortlieb
Elisabethstraße 50 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 7189


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Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 - 12 a.m.
Wednesday 10:30 - 13:30 a.m.

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