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The CRSE maintains a complete library of academic and other multidisciplinary research. Here you will find research, reports and publications which explore all areas of self-employment. It provides a comprehensive overview of the latest thinking on freelancing and self-employment, as well as serving as a platform of knowledge to enable more research on the area.

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Job Quality and Self-Employment: Is it (Still) Better to Work for Yourself?

November, 2015
There has been a longstanding debate about whether self-employment represents ‘good work’, but little direct evidence on intrinsic job quality in any detail. This essay reports research using data from the UK Skills and Employment Surveys to compare intrinsic job quality and job satisfaction among employees and the self-employed. This is chapter 4 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Women’s Self-Employment and Freelancers Observations on Female Entrepreneurship

Andrea Klinglmair
November, 2015
This paper focuses on the features of female entrepreneurship. Based on a brief review of the existing literature we identify some major lines of argumentation which treat female self-employment in context with its determinants. This is chapter 5 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Entrepreneurs, IPros and the Talent Eco-System

Michel Syrett
November, 2015
With independent professionals and budding entrepreneurs now forming the fastest growing proportion of the workforce, large corporations are losing out on the best talent. This article, based on research conducted for The Economist book Managing Talent, highlights the efforts talent managers are making to access and retain the skills of professional workers who are no longer motivated by the idea of life-long corporate careers. This is chapter 6 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

The Economic Value of Different Types of Solo Self-Employed: A Review

November, 2015
A review of the literature on solo self-employment focusing on prevalence, characteristics and economic contributions. This is chapter 7 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Freelance Human Capital: A Firm-Level Perspective

Amit J. Chauradia , Ruchi A. Galande
November, 2015
An analysis of challenges and opportunities for firms when using freelance human capital, including how firms can utilize freelance human capital to develop and improve their performance, limit the mobility of freelance human capital in order to sustain a competitive advantage, and manage a workforce that includes both permanent human capital and freelance human capital. This is chapter 8 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

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