Classification Rules and the Consolidation of Employment Systems

David Marsden

in A Theory of Employment Systems

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780198294221
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596612 | DOI:
 Classification Rules and the Consolidation of Employment Systems

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The institutionalization of work rules into employment systems arises by their incorporation into job classification systems. The ‘atomistic’ view by which simple tasks are aggregated into job categories is rejected in favour of a ‘holistic’ view, whereby the logic of a classification system shapes the elementary tasks. Job classifications reduce job idiosyncrasy and establish a language by which workers and managers can compare jobs and performance. Job classifications play a key role in enterprise management and in collective agreements.

Keywords: collective agreements; employment systems; enterprise management; idiosyncratic jobs; institutionalization; job classification; work rules

Chapter.  12577 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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