The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization

Paperback | June 1, 2006

EditorStephen Ackroyd, Rosemary Batt, Paul Thompson

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The last twenty-five years of the twentieth century was a period of extraordinary change in organizations and the economies of the developed world. This continues today. Such has been the scale and momentum of events that, for some analysts, the only comparable periods are the early part ofthe twentieth century in which the shift to mass production and large-scale organization was accomplished, or the industrial revolution itself a hundred years earlier. Researchers in Europe and the USA in particular have been studying change in work and organizations, but there has been little attempt to systematize and draw together the results of their work. So far, the emphasis amongst writers on organizations considering the problem of contemporary change hasbeen on ways of conceptualizing events, rather than also considering evidence. But what has actually happened? How much of the flux of events is real change, and how much mere change in emphasis in which apparent change is overlaying organizational continuity? How far are changes in particularevents and sectors connected, and is an overall understanding of complex processes possible? The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization aims to bring together, present and discuss what is currently known about work and organizations and their connection to broader economic change in Europe and America. Issues of conceptualization are not neglected but, in contrast to other comparablevolumes, the emphasis is firmly on what is known what and has been observed by researchers. The volume contains a range of theoretically informed essays, written by leading authorities in their respective fields, giving comprehensive coverage of changes in work, occupations, and organizations. Itconstitutes an invaluable overview of the accumulated understanding of research into work, occupations and organizations in recent decades. It shows that in almost every aspect of economic institutions, change has been considerable. The subject area of work, occupations and organizations is considered in four major sections of the volume: I, Work, Technology, and the Division of Labour; II, Managerial Regimes and Employee Responses; III, Occupations and Organizations; and IV, Organizations and Organized Systems. In this way thecontemporary situation in work and organizations is considered extensively in its different dimensions and interconnections. The contributors have been selected for their expertise and include many leading authors in organizational analysis and substantive research. The handbook is thus anauthoritative statement, and offers a valuable account of organizations at this time.

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The last twenty-five years of the twentieth century was a period of extraordinary change in organizations and the economies of the developed world. This continues today. Such has been the scale and momentum of events that, for some analysts, the only comparable periods are the early part ofthe twentieth century in which the shift to ma...

Stephen Ackroyd is Professor of Organizational Analysis, and Head of the Department of Organization, Work, and Technology, at the Lancaster University Management School. He is author of several books on Organization, most recently The Organization of Business (OUP, 2002). He is also a Fellow, and elected member of the Council, of the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:680 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.43 inPublished:June 1, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Stephen Ackroyd, Rose Batt, Paul Thompson, and Pamela S. Tolbert: IntroductionSection I: Work, Technology, and the Division of Labor1. Jill Rubery: Labor Markets and Flexibility2. Eileen Appelbaum, Tom Bailey, Peter Berg, and Arne Kalleberg: Organizations and the Intersection of Work and Family: A Comparative Perspective3. Leslie McCall: Gender, Race, and the Restructuring of Work: Organizational and Institutional Perspectives4. Colin Crouch: Skill Formation Systems5. Richard Badham: Technology and the Transformation of Work6. Rose Batt: Groups at WorkSection II: Managerial Regimes and Employee Actions7. David Strang and Young-Mi Kim: The Diffusion and Domestication of Managerial Innovations: The Spread of Scientific Management, Quality Circles, and TQM between the US and Japan8. Gideon Kunda and Galit Ailon-Souday: New Designs: Design and Devotion Revisited9. Karen Legge: Human Resource Management10. Alan McKinlay: Knowledge Management11. Harry Katz: Industrial Relations and Work12. John Kelly: Labour Movements and Mobilization13. David Collinson and Stephen Ackroyd: Informal ResistanceSection III: Occupations and Organizations14. Laurie Graham: Manual Workers: Conflict and Control15. Steve Frenkel: Service Workers in Search of Decent Work16. Steve Barley: Craft and Technology17. Bob Hinnings: Professions18. Paul Osterman and Diane Burton: Ports and Ladders: The Nature and Relevance of Internal Labor Markets in a Changing WorldSection IV: Organizing and Organizations19. Stephen Procter: Organisations and Organised Systems: From Direct Control to Flexibility20. Mats Alvesson and Paul Thompson: Post-bureaucracy?21. Grahame Thompson: Inter-firm Relations As Networks22. Bob Hebdon and Ian Kirkpatrick: Changes in the Organisation of Public Services and Their Effects on Employment Relations23. Glenn Morgan: Understanding Multinational Corporations24. Bill Lazonick: Corporate Restructuring25. Chris Smith: Business Practices and Societal Effects

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`...the Oxford Handbook largely succeeds in its effort to bring a modicum of order out of a field too often bordering on Babel. Scholars in organization studies, human resource management, the sociology of work, and occupational and industrial psychology will all find this to be a usefulresource for years to come.'Administrative Science Quarterly