Knut is a Lecturer in Work and Employment and currently working at the B-TU in Germany, pursuing habilitation in sociology. Furthermore, Knut is a visiting Professor in the Aarhus Business School.
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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
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
Bolton SC, Laaser K & McGuire D (2019) A neglected pool of labour? Frontline service work and hotel recruitment in Glasgow. European Management Review, 16 (3), pp. 567-578. https://doi.org/10.1111/emre.12172
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. https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/handbook-of-the-politics-of-labour-work-and-employment
Laaser K (2019) 'Customers were not objects to suck blood from': Social relations in UK retail banks under changing performance management systems. Industrial Relations Journal p. 16. https://doi.org/10.1111/irj.12267
Laaser K (2016) ‘If you are having a go at me, I am going to have a go at you’: The changing nature of social relationships of bank work under Performance Management. Work, Employment and Society, 30 (6), pp. 1000-1016. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017015617686
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
Bolton SC, Houlihan M & Laaser K (2012) Contingent Work and Its Contradictions: Towards a Moral Economy Framework. Journal of Business Ethics, 111 (1), pp. 121-132. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-012-1439-7
Laaser K (2010) Zum unterschiedlichen Umgang mit Unsicherheit: IT-Spezialisten und Ingenieure als Solo-Selbstständige. Sozialwissenschaften und Berufspraxis, 33 (2), pp. 242-258. http://www.luciusverlag.com/zeitschriften/sub/zeitschrift_sozialwissenschaften.htm