Work intensification: A Lacuna in the labour utilisation literature

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Title Work intensification: A Lacuna in the labour utilisation literature
Author Allan, Cameron
Publication Title Current Research in Industrial Relations
Editor Bramble T. et al
Year Published 1997
Place of publication Brisbane
Publisher AIRAANZ
Abstract The labour flexibility literature has been largely organised around two central forms of labour utilisation: numerical flexibility and functional flexibility. The former denotes the use of a range of different employment forms and working-time arrangements to more accurately adjust labour-use to demand patterns. The latter refers to the expansion of worker autonomy and mobility to allow rapid movement between work tasks. The concepts of numerical and functional flexibility have often been used as defining characteristics of different labour management strategies. However, work is characterised not just by the range and nature of tasks undertaken (functional flexibility) and its quantum (numerical flexibility), but also by its intensity (work effort). Employers can and do adjust effort levels independently of functional and numerical adjustments. Work intensification needs to be recognised as an entirely separate labour adjustment process.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 1997 Association of Industrial Relations Academics Australia & New Zealand (AIRAANZ). The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Conference name Current Research in Industrial Relations
Location Brisbane
Date From 1997-01-30
Date To 1997-01-30
Date Accessioned 1998-01-01
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
Publication Type Full Written Paper - Non-refereed Proceedings
Publication Type Code e2

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