Cultural control and the 'culture manager': employment practices in a consultancy

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Title Cultural control and the 'culture manager': employment practices in a consultancy
Author Grugulis, Irena; Dundon, Tony; Wilkinson, Adrian John
Journal Name Work, Employment & Society
Year Published 2000
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract This article explores the use of `company culture' as a means of management control. It reports on research conducted in a consultancy that aimed to secure loyalty from its employees through a conscious policy of organised `play' at company socials. Employees were given a certain amount of freedom over their working lives in exchange for accepting company regulation of their social time. Here it is argued that this normative control differs from historical attempts to ensure that employees were of good moral character. In earlier interventions social and community obligations were emphasised, now every `virtue' encouraged is designed to be exercised in the workplace, often at the expense of the individual or the community. Further, that while control through organisational culture does have some of the advantages claimed for it in the prescriptive literature, it also extends the employment contract to areas previously outside the managerial prerogative.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 14
Issue Number 1
Page from 97
Page to 116
ISSN 0950-0170
Date Accessioned 2006-07-06
Date Available 2008-02-14T08:22:31Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/16851
Publication Type Article in Scholarly Refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1x

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