Downsizing, Rightsizing or Dumbsizing? Quality, Human Resources and the Management of Sustainability

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Title Downsizing, Rightsizing or Dumbsizing? Quality, Human Resources and the Management of Sustainability
Author Wilkinson, Adrian John
Journal Name Total Quality Management & Business Excellence
Year Published 2005
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Carfax Publishing Company
Abstract In recent years, sustainability has become a 'hot topic' and something all organizations want to be seen as being identified with. The twin disciplines of quality and HRM have joined this bandwagon. In HR terms, this has meant a shift in emphasis away from human management to resource management with the argument that organizations need to allow the needs and aspirations of individuals to be placed at the heart of the workplace (Gollan, 2004). However, this does not fit with our knowledge of the reality of the contemporary workplace where downsizing remains the order of the day and there are now concerns as to the effectiveness of the post-downsizing 'anorexic organization'. This paper looks at the debates and raises a number of issues for academics and managers in organizations.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14783360500163326
Alternative URI http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14783363.asp
Copyright Statement Copyright 2005 Taylor & Francis. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 16
Issue Number 8-9
Page from 1079
Page to 1088
ISSN 0954-4127
Date Accessioned 2006-07-06
Date Available 2008-09-11T02:10:41Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/16844
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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