Comparing flexible working arrangements across organisational contexts

Ann Nilsen, Suzan Lewis and Julia Brannen

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:
Comparing flexible working arrangements across organisational contexts

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This chapter is divided in two parts, with a central focus on parents' need for flexible working arrangements in order effectively and efficiently to manage their everyday lives. The first part of the chapter discusses organisational change in public sector social services and in private sector for-profit companies. The discussion in the first part takes as its point of departure some of the aspects of change in the social services case studies in the book. These receive comparative attention and a ‘secondary’ analysis of these highlights some of the pitfalls of assuming cross-national similarity within a single sector. The second part of the chapter explores private sector organisations, with reference to how issues raised by this sector's more exposed position in the global market affects working parents' experiences of both national and workplace policies.

Keywords: parents; flexible working arrangements; organisational change; public sector; private sector; global market; national policies; workplace policies

Chapter.  5771 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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