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Vive La Difference? Employment Regimes in Britain and France

Event date
Wednesday, 6 July, 2016
Event time
13:00 to 16:00
Event place
National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Event Type
In-person event
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A half-day symposium to discuss the findings from a major new research study of management practices and job quality in Britain and France.

The study uses linked employer-employee data from the British Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS) and the French Enquête Relations Professionnelles et Négociations d’Entreprise (REPONSE) to provide a comprehensive analysis of private sector employment relations in these two very different employment regimes. The findings will be of interest to anyone considering Britain’s new relationship with Europe and to practitioners and policy-makers seeking to identify and promote “best practice”.

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13.45 pm

Registration & coffee

14.00 pm

Welcome + Introduction to the research, John Forth (NIESR)

Session 1


14.15 pm


Workplace structure and governance
John Forth (NIESR) and Antoine Rebérioux (University Paris 7)

14.30 pm


14.40 pm


Employee expression and representation at work

Thomas Amossé (CEE) and John Forth (NIESR)

14.55 pm


15.05 pm          

How to compete – work organisation and HRM
Philippe Askenazy (Paris School of Economics) and John Forth (NIESR)

15.20 pm


15.30 pm

Coffee break

Session 2


15.40 pm

The experience of work - HRM, job quality and employee well-being
Héloïse Petit (University of Lille) and Alex Bryson (UCL)

16.00 pm


16.10 pm

 Vive la difference? Overview and policy implications
Alex Bryson (UCL) and Thomas Amossé (Centre d’Etudes de L’Emploi)

16.25 pm

Roundtable Discussion
Lord John Monks, David Yeandle OBE and Prof Duncan Gallie

16.55 pm


To Register: Places are limited, therefore to ensure attendance please RSVP as soon as possible to

Luca Pieri (email: l.pieri [at] niesr.ac.uk or telephone: 020 7654 1931)


Please feel free to share this invitation with interested colleagues


Date:    Wednesday 6th July 2016

Time:   2pm – 5pm

Venue: NIESR, 2 Dean Trench Street, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HE 



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6 July 2016
13:00 - 16:00


National Institute of Economic and Social Research
2 Dean Trench StreetSmith Square
London, SW1P 3HE United Kingdom
020 7222 7665


In-person event