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Ph.D. Indiana University
Specialty: Sociology of Work, Organizations, Economic Sociology, Public Policy, Work and Family
My current research interests and activities center around understanding the ways in which economic and workplace transformation alter society, workplace (and other) organizations and the behavior of individuals within those organizations. Speaking to the general issue of economic and workplace transformation, I am exploring how employment insecurity affects commitment and other workplace outcomes. A related project tests hypotheses drawn from my work on the shifting social contract to analyze generational differences and similarities to in those workplace outcomes. Likewise, while considerable research has focused on issues of globalization as a master mechanism of the 21st century, a related shift is the transition from a 9-5/5 day-a-week, to a 24/7 economy. I am studying some of the micro consequences of these macro changes by investigating the changing temporal structures of organizations, time-pressures in the workplace and its impact on organizational and workplace commitment and work-family spillover among other things. A related empirical focus is on how the changed temporal and spatial structuring of work affect various aspects of creativity at work given tensions among empowerment, debureacratization and surveillance in contemporary workplaces. Finally, I continue my research on how industrial transformation affects stratification and inequality with a focus on intersections of gender, race, age and class.
2014 Beth A. Rubin. “Employment insecurity and the frayed American Dream.” Sociological Compass 8/9:1083-1099.
2014. Charles J. Brody, Beth A. Rubin and David Maume. “”Gender structure and the effects of management citizenship behavior.” Social Forces Social Forces 92(4):1373-1404.
2013. David Maume, Beth A. Rubin and Charles. J. Brody. “Race, management citizenship behavior and employees’ commitment and well-being.” American Behavioral Scientist. Prepublished online September 18, 2013. DOI: 10.1177/0002764213503331.
2013. Yang Cao and Beth A. Rubin. “Market reform and the deinstitutionalization of the standard work day in post-Socialist China.” Paper presented at the ILR Review Special Issue Conference on International Comparisons of Working Time, Montreal, CA, April 18th-19th, Industrial and Labor Relations Review 67:864-890.
2013 . Beth A. Rubin and Stephanie Moller. “Stratification and race in the service economy.” In Carol Camp Yeakey, Vetta Sanders Thompson and Anjanette Wells (Eds.) Urban Ills: Post-Recession Complexities of Urban Living in Global Contexts. New York: Lexington Books.
2012. Beth A. Rubin, “Shifting Social Contracts and the Sociological Imagination.” Social Forces.91:327-346.
2012. Brett Agypt, Beth A. Rubin and April Spivack. “Thinking outside the clocks: The effect of layered-task time on the creative climate of meetings.” Journal of Creative Behavior 46:77-98.
2012. Beth A. Rubin and April J. Spivack. “Thinking outside the office: The impact of virtual work on creative workers’ attitudes.” Pp: 59-77 in (Ed.) Shawn D. Long, M.P.A., Ph.D. 2012. Virtual Work and Human Interaction Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. PA: IGA-Global.
2012. Brett Agypt and Beth A. Rubin “Time in the new economy: considering the interaction of Individual and structural temporalities on job satisfaction.” Journal of Management Studies 49 (2): 403-428. Article first published online: 29 JUN 2011. Available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2011.01021.x/pdf.
2012. Beth A. Rubin. “Work in a global economy.” Encyclopedia of Global Studies. 4 Pp. 1797-1802. Edited by Helmut Anheier and Mark Juergensmeyer. Thousand Oaks, CA.: SAGE.
2011. Rubin, B.A. and C.J. Brody. 2011. “Operationalizing Management Citizenship Behavior and Testing its Impact on Employee Commitment, Satisfaction and Mental Health.” Work and Occupations 38 (4):465- 499. Available on line at http://wox.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/06/21/0730888410397924
2011. Brody, Charles J. and Beth A. Rubin. “Generational Differences in the Effects of Insecurity, Restructured Workplace Temporalities and Technology on Organizational Loyalty.” Sociological Spectrum 31: 163-192.
2010. Rubin, Beth A. and Charles J. Brody. 2010. “Age Differences in the Consequences of Feeling Overworked.” Pp. 97-114 in J. B. Davis (ed.) Global Social Economy. London: Routledge.
2010. Scott Fitzgerald and Beth A. Rubin. Constructing risk: media coverage of nanotechnology.” Sociological Spectrum 30 (4):367-402.