Søren Kaj Andersen

Søren Kaj Andersen

Head of Centre, Associate Professor

I am the head of FAOS, Research Center for Labor Market and Organizational Studies. My research has a national as well as an international dimension. National because we at FAOS focus on the Danish employment relations system – i.e. collective bargaining and the relations between employers’ associations and trade unions. Therefore, my research is rooted in Danish labor market regulation and the dissemination of this research, not only to the academic public, but also to decision-makers and the wider public. At the same time, my research is international, as I publish internationally and collaborate with foreign colleagues in a number of different areas.

Current research

My research focuses on the renewal of collective agreements, how bargaining systems change or remain stable as well as the role of employers and trade unions in these processes. Theoretically, it is mainly based on institutional theory and how institutions change or remain characterized by continuity. In particular, I have focused on agreements in the private labor market. I also focus on areas that present special challenges for the Danish employment relations system. For instance the relatively large number of Eastern and Central European migrant workers who have come to Denmark to work, as well as the related debate on social dumping. In recent years, I have also dealt with the emergence of platform work.

Over the years, I have participated in a large number of Nordic and European research projects, but in the last few years, I have also collaborated with Australian colleagues. It gained momentum when we successfully applied to KU and the University of Sydney for the so-called Partnership Collaboration Awards. This has led to cooperation on collective bargaining and wage regulation in the two countries.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Employment Relations in Denmark

    Andersen, Søren Kaj, Hansen, Nana Wesley, Due, Jesper Jørgen & Madsen, Jørgen Steen, 15 Mar 2021, International and Comparative Employment Relations: Global Crises and Institutional Responses (7th edition). SAGE Publications

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Extra-institutional changes under pressure from posting

    Arnholtz, Jens & Andersen, Søren Kaj, 2018, In: British Journal of Industrial Relations. 56, 2, p. 395-417

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Inclusive growth through collective bargaining in Denmark: Case report for the CAWIE3 project

    Andersen, Søren Kaj, Jun 2018, Leuven: KU Leuven. 26 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportResearch

  4. Published

    Decentralised bargaining in Denmark and Australia: Voluntarism versus legal regulation

    Andersen, Søren Kaj, Kaine, S. & Lansbury, R., 2017, In: Australian Bulletin of Labour. 43, 1, p. 45-70

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Konkurrencestaten og dens kritikere

    Andersen, Søren Kaj (ed.), 2017, København: Djøf Forlag. 516 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Making Sense of Change and No Change in Employment Policies

    Andersen, Søren Kaj, 2015, Sources of National Institutional Competitiveness: Sensemaking in Institutional Change. Borrás, S. & Seabrooke, L. (eds.). UK: Oxford University Press, p. 94-110

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Nordic labour market models in open markets

    Andersen, Søren Kaj, Dølvik, J. E. & Ibsen, Christian Lyhne, 2014, Brussels: European Trade Union Institute.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportResearch

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