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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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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.

Independent Professionals: Legal Issues and Challenges

November, 2015
Although independent professionals have until recently been generally neglected by the academic community, including by specialists in both management and entrepreneurism, IPros cannot avoid being subject to key areas of regulation, such as fiscal policy, especially personal taxation, the law relating to business associations, employment law and social protections. This is chapter 9 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

Organising Freelancers: A Hard Case or a New Opportunity?

Michael Wynn
November, 2015
Freelance workers present a special challenge in terms of collective labour organisation. As an individualistic and highly dispersed workforce, they are both difficult to recruit and represent. This paper explores the operational and legal difficulties that freelancers pose for trade unions in terms of collective representation. This is chapter 10 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.

What’s in a Name? The Value of ‘Entrepreneurs’ Compared to ‘Self-Employed’... But What about ‘Freelancing’ or ‘IPro’?

November, 2015
This paper is concerned with those individuals who do not fit easily or comfortably into traditional notions of employment. It explores some of the important implications and consequences that this blurring of boundaries has for social as well as government interest and their support of the individual operating as a nano-business. This is chapter 11 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment

Freelancers, Self-Employment and the Insurance against Social Risks

Uwe Fachinger Anna Frankus
November, 2015
In contrast to dependent employees, most self-employed people are free to choose if they wish to insure themselves against social risks such as longevity, illness, or long term care. Unfortunately, we know very little about the situation of self-employed people regarding the protection against social risks, as reliable data is missing. Against the background of the upsurge of these professions, this lack of coverage is indicative of an increasingly precarious position or social exclusion of those groups. This is chapter 12 of the Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment.