Case Studies in Work, Employment and Human Resource Management
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Case Studies in Work, Employment and Human Resource Management

Edited by Tony Dundon and Adrian Wilkinson

This comprehensive book offers a fascinating set of over 40 evidence-based case studies derived from international research on work, employment and human resource management (HRM).
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Chapter 28: Organizing project-based work in the games industry: Two contrasting cases

Wike Been and Noëlle Payton


The Dutch games industry is young, dynamic and growing fast. There are many start-ups, but at the same time the business failure rate among these companies is high. In comparison to other countries, an important share of the Dutch market is made up of companies that focus on so-called serious games (also referred to as applied games), or combine entertainment games and serious games in their business model. The games industry is a hot industry with an oversupply of labour, which is related to the numerous educational institutes that offer games-related programmes in the Netherlands. The work is generally project-based, regardless of whether it is work-for-hire or developing own games.

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