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Disaggregating and reaggregating work : workers, management and the struggle over creating coherency and purpose in a context of work degradation.

McBride, Jo and Martínez Lucio, Miguel (2016) 'Disaggregating and reaggregating work : workers, management and the struggle over creating coherency and purpose in a context of work degradation.', Human resource management journal., 26 (4). pp. 490-504.

Abstract

The article argues that whilst there is a growing sense of degradation and worsening conditions (disaggregation) of work in the cleaning sector in general, there are some important contradictions which require complex organisational responses. In the main, there is a growing sense of isolation in this work, yet also a growing perception of autonomy and workers having to use discretion in new and challenging ways. This article focuses on these issues and management responses to reaggregate the nature of such work, creating new forms of identity and activities intended to enhance (or address) the levels of stability and sustainability at work as well as in operational processes. This management conundrum means that they need to deal with a range of job‐related, skill‐oriented worker learning and also representation issues. These responses bring to the fore the contested nature of such forms of work and how they are changing.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12118
Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: McBride, Jo & Martínez Lucio, Miguel (2016). Disaggregating and reaggregating work: Workers, management and the struggle over creating coherency and purpose in a context of work degradation. Human Resource Management Journal 26(4): 490-504, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12118. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Record Created:02 Jul 2018 14:43
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