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  • Vocational training and SMEs: the challenge of innovation in Catalonia

    Project leaders

    Brunet, Ignasi

    This project aims to explore the relationship between the system of vocational and educational training (VET) and the innovation processes developed by SMEs in Catalonia. The purpose of this project is to analyse the training on innovation carried out by VET centres, what are the innovation skills demanded by companies and what is the role of technical workers in the innovation processes of SMEs in Catalonia.

  • Exploring the impact of International Experiences on Identity: a longitudinal study with organizational expatriates (OEs) and self-initiated expatriates (SIEs)

    Project leaders

    Cascón, Rosalia

    The goal lies in exploring the change in the identity of expatriates (organizational or not) following an international experience applying the Repertory grid of Kelly (1955).

  • Language rationalization in the workplace

    Project leaders

    Alarcón, Amado

    Funded by Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Government of Spain

    This project analyzes how language rationalization within business organizations shapes ethnic and gender relations. Language becomes a commodity and it is increasingly evaluated in economic terms. One notable aspect of globalization is the increasing importance of worker’s language skills and abilities. Language becomes a raw material in managerial programs. Decisions concern what language and what language properties and styles are essential to minimize transaction costs within the organization and to improve service quality and customer satisfaction. From a sociological approach, our main goal is to understand to what extent these processes of linguistic rationalization of work tend to reproduce social inequalities.

  • Vocational training and innovation system

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    Funded by Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Government of Spain

    The low level of intermediate skills, compared to OECD mean, and the predominance of small and medium scale companies (SMEs) in the industrial fabric are both important aspects of the Spanish economic model. Training and innovation (as well as relation between both of them) are part of the solution that has to be taken to respond to the current challenges. But how can this response be developed? How is it working nowadays training and innovation system? In which apects can them be improved? This project aims to com up with proposals to answer the previous questions.  

  • Female labour force participation in spin-offs

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    Funded by Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Goverment of Spain

    This research project addresses the gender division of labour effects on the creation of spin-offs from universities. It aims to verify if differences found in self-employment by gender are the same in the creation of spin-offs and it wonders which role plays the university system in the production / reproduction of gender inequality.

  • University spin-offs and gender in Catalonia

    Project leaders

    Funded by Institut Català de les Dones

    This research project addresses the effects of sexual division of labor on the creation of spin-offs in order to verify whether the differences in creating self-employment by gender are also manifested in the creation of spin-offs and which is the role played by the university system in the production and reproduction of gender inequalities.

  • Poverty, exclusion and gender inequality in Spain

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    Funded by Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación

    The purpose of this research project is to analyze from a gender perspective, which is the logic behind the social processes of impoverishment and social exclusion that affect women in Spain and how their experience, ie, how they define poverty and its relations with the other elements around them: family, work, social groups, housekeeping, care of dependents. The central focus of research is to compare poverty and differences in the processes of impoverishment and social exclusion among women and men in Spain.

  • Industrial SMEs in the regional system of innovation

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    Funded by Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Goverment of Spain

    The theory of national / regional innovation systems emerged strongly in the nineties. This theory points to the importance of social factors (organizational, institutional, cultural) in the process of creating and applying knowledge. At the same time, some doubts about the technology transfer policies based on 'supply model' developed from the 80 appeared. The objective of this project is to analyze the processes of innovation in Spanish  SMEs, with special attention to the relations with its environment or regional innovation system.

  • New poverty and social exclusion among Spanish young people

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    Funded by Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación

    This research project addresses, from an interdisciplinary perspective, poverty and exclusion of young people in Spain. The purpose of this research is to figure out the logic behind the processes of impoverishment and social exclusion affecting young people, and how the young people affected live their experience. The nature of social processes we investigated involved the triangulation of data and methods. The results of this research design are subjected to mechanical tests.

  • Language skills and intergenerational mobility of immigrants

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    Funded by AGAUR - Generalitat de Catalunya

    This research project addresses the role of the Catalan language in the social mobility of children of immigrants living in Catalonia. Given the relative newness of the inclusion of children of immigrants (whether born in Catalonia or coming for porposes of family reunification), the aim of this research is to identify the main trends in order to establish proposals actions on equality and the accommodation of this group. Our starting point is that knowledge of the Catalan language has positive effects on social mobility, which explains the instrumental value of this language.

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