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Critical Reflections on Labor Process Theory, Work, and Management

Steve Frenkel

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Management Studies

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595686
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199595686.013.0026

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

 Critical Reflections on Labor Process Theory, Work, and Management

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This article begins with a commentary on labour-process theory (LPT), particularly Paul Thompson's contribution to the Handbook. This provides historical background to some important divisions within this area of scholarship. A critical appraisal of Fleming and Mandarini's analysis of work follows. Since management organizes labour and most forms of work, the article leaves until last the subject of human-resource management as interpreted by Keenoy. The concluding section advocates tolerance and compromise in the search for a more inclusive, intellectually stimulating, research community in which critical management studies might act as a ‘catalytic integrator’.

Keywords: labour-process theory; human-resource management; critical management studies; Paul Thompson; forms of work

Article.  4487 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Research Methods

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