Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 2001, page 73-94.
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Improving working life

Between learning and political processes

Christian Clausen og Annette Kamp

Improvement of the work environment seldom forms part of the agenda of organisational change sparked by new technology, new management concepts, organisational restructuring etc. This problem has been a focus for much research into work environment and working life, and has historically resulted in an array of strategies. In this article theories of organisational learning and political processes as analytical perspectives on organisational change are compared and combined in order to support and qualify the development of new strategies that potentially place work environment on the agenda of organisational change. Consequently, this is an attempt to bring in newer insights gained within organisational and industrial sociology. Both the learning and the political perspective focus on the dynamic processes of change. But while the main effort of those taking a learning perspective is to create room for reflection in order to develop and 'liberate' organisational members, the political process perspective focuses on dynamics of power.

Through an illustrative case study, the article further explores the relations, tensions and potential complementarity between the two perspectives. Finally, the strategic implications are discussed.

Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv

(Journal for Working Life)




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in Danish frontpage Nyt om arbejdsliv
editor Jørgen Burchardt