Dr Knut Laaser


Management, Work and Organisation University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Knut Laaser

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About me

Knut is a Lecturer in Work and Employment, pursuing habilitation in Sociology at a German Technical University (B-TU) and is a visiting Professor in the Aarhus Business School in 2019 and 2020. In 2019 he was elected to be on the editorial board of the journal Work, Employment Society. In 2014 he organized with Sharon Bolton and Darren McGuire the International Labour Process Conference in Athens, Greece.

You can reach him under his stirling email adress knut.laaser@stir.ac.uk or here: knut.laaser@b-tu.de

Education: Diploma in Sociology and Economics (University of Hamburg), MA in Human Resource Management with Distinction (University of Hamburg), MSc in Sociology (London School of Economics and Political Science), PgCert in Research Methodology (University of Strathclyde), PhD (University of Strathclyde), PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Stirling), Fellow of the HEA.

Knut joined the University of Stirling in October 2013 as a full-time Early Career Lecturer from the University of Strathclyde Business School, where he received his PhD. Knut was promoted to a tenured lectureship in 2016.

His research interests are wide ranging- covering the sociology of work, organisations and economic sociology. Specific research projects include

Towards a sociology of the meaning of work (with Prof. Sharon Bolton) A critical approach towards toxic emotions in organisations (with Prof. Sharon Bolton) Financialisation and digitalisation in the financial banking industry in the UK and Germany (With Prof. Dr. Thomas Haipeter) The social consequences of Eletronic Performance Management Systems under financialisation Learning and unlearning: The role of social, cultural and economic capital for the recruitment and selection process in the UK hotel industry Critical approaches to work and organisation in Central Asia

Knut has published in high quality journals. His article 'If you are having a go..." in Work, employment and society has been shortlisted for the SAGE Excellence/Innovation award in 2017. The moral economy approach for studying work and organisations that he developed with Prof. Sharon Bolton is widely utilized in work and organisation studies. The focus of his research includes the UK and EU.


Labour processEconomic SociologyPerformance ManagementOrganisations in the Age of AusterityPolitical Economy Moral Economy Social TheorySociology of Work

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Book Chapter

Bolton S & Laaser K (2021) Moral Economy of Decent Work. In: Decent Work and Economic Growth. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals ed. Print; Online: Springer International Publishing, pp. 731-739. springer.com; https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95867-5_115


Makhmadshoev D & Laaser K (2021) Breaking away or holding on to the past? Exploring HRM systems of export-oriented SME in a highly uncertain context: insights from a transition economy in the periphery. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 32 (17), pp. 3627-3658. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2020.1841816

Book Chapter

Bolton SC & Laaser K (2019) The moral economy: flexible employment and layers of disconnection. In: Gall G (ed.) Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 201-213. https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/handbook-of-the-politics-of-labour-work-and-employment

Conference Paper (unpublished)

McGuire D, Laaser K & Mackay D (2012) Exploring the management of third sector service diversification. EURAM - European Academy of Management Conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 06.06.2012-08.06.2012. http://euram2012.mindworks.ee/public/papers



Work, employment, society; Human Resource Management; Sociology; Economic Sociology; Organisation Studies