Papers are invited for this special issue of Small Enterprise Researchdevoted to Freelancers and Independent Contractors.
Special Issue Editors: Dr Tui McKeown and Dr Robyn Chochrane, Monash University Australia.
The world of work has seen the downsizing and outsourcing of work that once took place as part of a conventional employer-employee relationship. However, today there are a significant number of self-employed independent contractors or 'freelancers' working with and within organisations. The concept of a 'freelancer' remains vaguely defined in law and poorly understood within the academic literature. Definition of this type of micro-enterprise is also poor with the word 'freelancer' used in conjunction with 'independent contractor' and other terms. This special issue seeks to understand the nature, characteristics, contributions and challenges facing the freelancer. It also seeks to identify current research activity and directions for future research into this important and growing form of small business.