New Forms of Work in the Post-corporate Economy: Venture Labor, Contract Work, and Freelancing

  • Alexander Styhre


The first chapter of this volume discusses changes in corporate governance practices, especially the shareholder primacy model being enforced since the 1980 and the consequences for labor relations and employment conditions. The increased short-term orientation of corporations results in more insecure and lower-compensated work for a number of employees. The differences between professional work and occupational work and “early career work” are examined. Despite considerable variety in the labor market and in employment practices, the overarching tendency is to transfer risks from the employer to the employee, resulting in some cases in economic compensation being relatively lower for groups exposed to higher market risks. The chapter also introduces the key analytical term “venture work” used to examine salaried professional workers employed by life science ventures.


Venture work Corporate governance Employment Economic inequality 


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  1. 1.School of Business, Economics and LawUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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