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Parents and organisational change: a cross-sector comparison of two Norwegian organisations

Ann Nilsen, Sevil Sümer and Lise Granlund

in Work, families and organisations in transition

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422200
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304326 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422200.003.0009
Parents and organisational change: a cross-sector comparison of two Norwegian organisations

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This chapter compares a private sector company and a social services organisation in Norway. The chapter illustrates the significance of developing a grounded approach in understanding the experience of change within specific organisations as a basis for exploring parents' gendered experiences of reconciling work and family life. The chapter also demonstrates that the discourses of change tend to be individualistic in a private sector organisation in contrast to the more relational focus in social services. In the study of the private company, the chapter draws out a number of subsidiary themes concerning the way the organisation influences and impacts on working parents.

Keywords: private sector company; social services organisation; Norway; parents' gendered experiences; work; family life

Chapter.  7808 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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