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Meaning of work in the new economy

Chris Baldry

Palgrave Macmillan 2007, 384 s. ISBN 140393407x
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This book records, analyzes and attempts to understand the multiple levels of meaning which people attach to work today, and the role which work plays in peoples lives. By looking at call centres and software development, the book also critically evaluates some of the claims made for the knowledge economy. The authors find that today's employees are no more work-centred or organizationally committed than their parents' generation, but that changes in the contemporary workplace have made it a more unstable environment than we have been used to for some time. In particular, intensified performance targets and huge variations in patterns of working time make defining the work-life boundary a constantly recurring problem for many workers.

Contents
Work Attachment, Work Centrality and the Meaning of Work in Life
Into the New Century: the Changing Terrain for Work and Employment
Organizational Life: the Nature of Work
Organizational Life: the Management of Commitment
Occupational Life
Household and Community Life
Women and Men
Class and Status
Back to the Future? Change and Continuity at Work
Author Biographies
CHRIS BALDRY is Head of Management and Organization Department and Director of the Centre for Human Resource Management at the University of Stirling's Faculty of Management, UK.