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Serife Erol: Work Orientation and Further Education

Life-long learning: A Study of the Relationship between Work Orientation and Further Education amongst Workers in Germany

The challenges in the world of work in the course of digital transformation require constant adaptation to the new skill requirements by the employees, so the willingness and ability of people to lifelong learning with regard to their employment opportunities has become an important issue. This dissertation project aims to make a contribution to a better understanding of the further training behavior amongst employees in Germany. Beyond socio-demographic factors it has been proven that the factors of workplace and professional context play a primary role in order to explain the learning activities of employees. However, the assumption that employees under the same or similar living and working conditions are assigned the same training behavior remains unsatisfactory. Is it possible, that in fact very individual work patterns and professional life plans do exist under the same working and living conditions, which in turn determine the further education behaviors of employees?

Work orientation is useful for exploring the workers’ behavior in respect of further training because it is argued that the same work conditions and situations may be experienced and interpreted by workers differently and subsequently cause different behavior patterns among them. This raises the question of the extent to which the social institutions (market, profession, social network, organization) determine the "objective opportunities for action" and their perception in employment biographies. In light of changes in the labor market, such as the varying distribution of job insecurity, it is worth considering whether the work orientation of workers might provide an explanation for differing patterns of behavior amongst workers in regard to further training. Therefore, this dissertation project aims to investigate the role of work orientations in explaining the work-related further training behavior among the employees in Germany.

Serife Erol

Studied political science and social science at Kocaeli University (Turkey) and Ruhr University Bochum. 2018 to April 2022 PhD student at the WSI. PhD at Ruhr University Bochum on "Life-long learning: A Study of the Relationship between Work Orientation and Further Education amongst Workers in Germany". Since May 2022, researcher at the WSI, project "Reorganisation of working conditions and industrial relations using the example of the meat industry".

Contact: serife-erol@boeckler.de


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Erol, Serife / Ahlers, Elke / Schleicher, Sergej (2021): Continuing vocational training as a field of action for works councils (pdf). WSI-Policy Brief 51, 3/2021.

Erol, Serife / Schulten, Thorsten (2021): An end to wage-dumping in the German meat industry? Social Europe Blog, 26.01.2021.

Erol, Serife / Schulten, Thorsten (2021): Renewing labour relations in the German meat industry. An end to `organized irresponsibility´? (pdf) WSI Report 61e.

Hünefeld, Lena / Meyer, Sophie-Charlotte / Ahlers, Elke / Erol, Serife (2020). Labor intensity as the subject of empirical surveys. The potential of representative employment surveys for research. WSI-Mitteilungen, 73 (1), pp.19–29.

Erol, Serife (2020). The role of work orientations in explaining the further training behavior of employees. Contribution to the 66 Frühjahrskongress der Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft e.V. [66th  Spring Congress of the Ergonomics Society]

Pries, Ludger / Erol, Serife (2017). Social Change and Business Development Through Transnational Companies in Turkey. In: Regional Studies on Economic Growth, Financial Economics and Management. Springer, Cham., pp.11–32.



"Institutions and Organizations", Summer Term 2021, Master course Ruhr-University Bochum.

"Neo-Institutionalist Organization Theory" Winter Term 2020/2021, Master course Ruhr-University Bochum.

"Sociological Neo-Institutionalism", Summer Term 2020, Bachelor course Ruhr-University Bochum.


The role of work councils and CIVET in enterprises, Vortrag (online), ESF-Project 21+21 – Learning Included – International Exchange VLAAMS ABVV, 30.3.2021.

The role of work orientations in explaining the further training behavior of employees. 66. Frühjahrkongress der Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft e.V., Berlin, 16–18.03.2020.

Empowerment through agile learning methods? Labor.a – Plattform „Arbeit der Zukunft“, Berlin, 01–02.10.2019.

Social Change and Business Development Through Transnational Companies in Turkey, Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES), Istanbul, 26–28.05.2016.