‘What motivates contemporary workers who can no longer rely on a stable employment in corporations? Alexander Styhre offers unique insights into this question in his book. Having taken a close look at venture work, contract work and freelancing, Styhre throws a new light on the changing patterns of work and employment.’
Sabina Siebert, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, UK
This book contributes to the ongoing discussion around so-called precarious or venture work, as the proportion of those employed by start-ups and thinly-capitalized firms continues to grow. Filling a gap in literature, the author explores the relationship between venture co-workers and examines how they cope with economic uncertainty, moving away from the previous focus on entrepreneurs and investors. Presenting rich empirical data from several life science start-ups in Sweden, this book illustrates the impact of institutional and regulatory changes in the finance industry, and demonstrates how these effects can ultimately reshape the meaning of employment.