The Isaac Industrial Relations Symposium 2014

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Event Details

9 May 2014 at 2:00 pm – 9 May 2014 at 4:30 pm
G08 Lecture Theatre, Melbourne Law School
Open to:
Business and Economics; Public lectures; Seminars & Workshops


The ACREW Research Centre, Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University and the Melbourne Human Resource Management Unit at the University of Melbourne invite you to attend the Isaac Industrial Relations Symposium 2014. Click the link below to register.

The Symposium was developed jointly by the University of Melbourne and Monash University to recognise and highlight the outstanding and continuing contribution to industrial relations by Emeritus Professor Joe Isaac. 

Key speaker is Thomas A Kochan, the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management at MIT's Sloan School of Management and co-director of the Institute for Work and Employment Research.


Abstract: The social contract refers to the “the mutual expectations and obligations that workers, employers, and their communities have for work and employment relationships.” This contract has frayed in an era of globalization as traumatic events such as the GFC have decreased employment and, in Australia, the slowing of the resources boom increasingly links economic growth to productivity gains. An important goal for advanced societies is to design a social contract for the next generation and how to achieve it in a world where there are expectations that fewer people produce more output. Professor Kochan will focus his remarks around the opportunities to link pay and productivity to maintain (or in the U.S. case to reestablish) a social contract. In addition, he will discuss complementary actions/strategies needed to adapt this for today’s economy compared to earlier production-oriented economies.


Event Contact

Greg Bamber
+61 3 8344 4481
Monash University