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Fragmenting Work

Blurring Organizational Boundaries and Disordering Hierarchies



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This major new book examines the way in which employment is managed across organizational boundaries. It analyses how public-private partnerships, franchises, agencies and other forms of inter-firm contractual relations impact on work and employment and the experiences of those working in these increasingly significant forms of organization. it draws upon research undertaken in eight separate networks comprising over 50 organizations to explore the fragmentating effects of contemporary changes in the organization of work and employment relationships. It considers the consequences of increased eliance upon inter-organizational mechanisms for producing goods and especially for delivering services. It argues that established analyses continue to rely too heavily upon a mocel of the single employing organization whereas today the situation is often more complex and confused. Public-private 'partnerships' are one high profile example of this phenomenon but private enterprises are also developing new relations with their clients and customers that impinge upon the nature of the employment relationship. Established hierarchical forms are becoming disordered, with consequences for career patterns, training and skills, pay structures, disciplinary practice, worker voice, and the gendered division of labor. The findings of the study raise questions about the governance of such complex organizational forms, the appropriateness of current institutions for addressing this complexity, and the challenge of harnessing of employee commitment in circumstances where human resource practices are shaped by organizations other than the legal employer. Using an analytical schema of three dimensions (institutional, organizational, employment) and four themes (power, risk, identity, trust), the authors adopt an inter-disciplinary perspective to address these complex and critically important practical, policy and theoretical concerns. Fragmenting Work will be vital reading for all those wishing to understand the contemporary realities of work and employment.

Author Biography

Mick Marchington is Professor of Human Resource Management at the Manchester School of Management, University of Manchester. Damian Grimshaw is a Senior Lecturer in Employment Studies at the Manchester School of Management, University of Manchester, and co-author of Managing Employment: The New Realities of Work (OUP 2002). Jill Rubery is Professor of Comparative Employment Systems at the Manchester School of Management, University of Manchester, and co-author of Managing Employment: The New Realities of Work (OUP 2002) and Employer Strategy and the Labour Market (OUP 1994). Hugh Willmott is Diageo Porfessor of Management Studies at the Judge Institute of Management Studies, University of Cambridge.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2004
Edited by Damien Grimshaw Edited by Hugh Wilmott Edited by Jill Rubery Edited by Mick Marchington
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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Oxford University Press
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