Is a thesis that suggests there is a progressive deterioration in the content of work within capitalist societies. This degradation increasingly affects clerical, professional, and managerial labour, as well as manual workers, and is manifest in the deskilling of jobs and the introduction of new management controls over work and workers. The thesis is adopted by commentators whose perspective stems from labour process theory. Critics of the thesis contend either that the dominant trend in work is towards upskilling or that there is a variable pattern of change across the economy. [See scientific management, surveillance, and work intensification.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.