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Control, flexibility and rhythms

Author(s): Helge Hvid | Henrik Lund | Jan Pejtersen

Journal: SJWEH Supplements
ISSN 1795-9926

Issue: 6;
Start page: 83;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: control | work characteristic | demand–control | work organization | new work organization | demand–control in postbureaucracy | rhythm | flexibility

On the basis of four case studies, it is argued that high-strain jobs, as they are defined in the demand–control model, are not only found in Tayloristic and bureaucratic work settings, but also in postbureaucratic work. This argument suggests that the demand–control model seems relevant also in postbureaucratic settings. Thus there is a need for a conceptualization of postbureaucratic work that does not only define new types of work as being different from old types of work (bureaucratic versus postbureaucratic), but also makes it possible to differentiate between different kinds of modern work. To contribute to such a conceptualization, this paper suggests that the modern work environment is not only understood in relation to Taylorism and bureaucracy, but also that it is understood through its position in relation to three different extremes, or poles, called repetition, individual differentiation and collective rhythms.

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