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The impact of organizational change on steelworkers in craft and production occupational groups

Bacon, Nick, Blyton, Paul Robert and Dastmalchian, Ali 2010. The impact of organizational change on steelworkers in craft and production occupational groups. Human Relations 63 (8) , pp. 1223-1248. 10.1177/0018726709356599

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Abstract

This article examines the impact of organizational change on different occupational groups in the steel industry. In difficult financial circumstances and resulting pressure to downsize, a move to new forms of team-based working, in combination with staffing reductions, led to differential effects on craft and production occupational groups. Job satisfaction declined as a result of these changes with production workers reporting work intensification, while craft workers joining production teams reported skills under-utilization and reduced commitment to the organization. The existing occupational distribution of knowledge, skills and abilities led to the creation of multi-skilled production teams rather than developing teams of multi-skilled workers.The results clearly demonstrate the importance of understanding the limits imposed on new work arrangements such as teamworking by financial pressures and the occupational structure of the traditional labour process. In particular, the article highlights the significance of occupation in understanding how people experienced the work changes that occurred.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Change; Downsizing; Industrial relations; Job design; Occupations; Teamworking
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0018-7267
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:29
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/21857

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