Seminar #9. ‘Labour relations and The Control Revolution.’

WhenThursday 2 September, 2021, 13:00–14:30 (Central European Summer Time) on zoom (
PresentersDaniel Bodén (Senior lecturer | Södertörn University, Sweden)
DiscussantBritt Östlund (Professor | KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
AbstractWorking time, performance and productivity has long been a focus of management and control. In this brief historical overview Bodén, discusses the evolution of labour control by looking at different technologies that have been utilised to surveille, manage, and control workers under different regimes of production since the 18th century. The journey starts with the “tally stick”, commonly used in manorial regimes, and continues further to the industrial “punch clock”, home care technologies such as “PluGo” and “ParaGå” and algorithmic forms of control in the Gig-economy and places its focus on how innovations in ICT articulate themselves inside the relationship between employer and employee.
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Huws U (2016). Logged labour: a new paradigm of work organisation? Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation 10 (1): 7-26.