I-deals and the Future of Work: A Research Agenda for the Post-pandemic Age

Smriti Anand, Yasin Rofcanin

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Recognizing societal and organizational trends toward individualization of work (Rousseau, D. M. (2005). I-deals: Idiosyncratic deals employees bargain for themselves. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe.) coined the term idiosyncratic deals (i-deals) to describe personalized work arrangements negotiated by employees to fulfill their unique needs unmet by their employer’s standard offerings. Since then, this area has received considerable attention from research and practice alike. We believe i-deals are “ideal” for addressing the changing needs and preferences of employees, employers, and the wider society in the post-pandemic era. Core aspects of i-deals are expounded by leading scholars in the preceding 12 chapters of this book. The book provides a comprehensive review and critique of i-deals literature from multiple perspectives. The discussion begins with an examination of motivations and outcomes of i-deal seekers and grantors. Particular attention is given to issues of fairness during negotiation and implementation of i-deals in workgroups wherein the recipients’ co-workers observe and react to the differentiated work arrangements. Recommendations are made for best practices for institutionalizing i-deals as a global strategic human resource management device. In this concluding chapter, we reflect on these insights, identify gaps in i-deals research, and suggest avenues for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIdiosyncratic Deals at Work
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Individual, Organizational, and Societal Perspectives
EditorsSmriti Anand, Yasin Rofcanin
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783030885168
ISBN (Print)9783030885151
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2022


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