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Human Resources Management in Business
This paper analyzes McJob by using various HR management theories.
# 119418 | 2,034 words | 9 sources | APA | 2009
Published on Apr 27, 2010 in Sociology (Theory) , Business (Management) , Business (Human Resources) , Labor Studies (General)

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In this article, the writer examines the McJob by using various theories in human resources management and highlighting various ways in which an HR manager can change the McJob into a more interesting job. The writer explains that McJobs essentially refer to jobs in the service industry that are standardized, routine, deskilled and highly specialized to the point of dull simplification. Of the various theories discussed, the motivation theories include those formed by McGregor, who designated types of people and the different motivations of each type. The writer looks at Vroom, the creator of the valence theory and the process of motivation and Maslow, who constructed the need-based hierarchy, or the content of motivation. The discussion of these theories is carried out while keeping the concept of McJobs in mind.

Table of Contents:
Executive Summary
The McJob: Unstimulating? An Analysis Using HRM Theory
Motivation Theories
Job Design Theories
Job Characteristics Model
Some Useful Information regarding the McJob on the Internet

From the Paper:

"Taylorism or scientific management is the final theory, in which the concepts and principles are seemingly the basis of the McJob. The level of simplification of tasks to the extent that even unskilled workers can perform the jobs of skilled workers, while removing all decision making power from them highlights the characteristics of a McJob satisfactorily. So while it is deemed that Taylorism as a theory is now more for the history books than actual practice, the similarities show that Taylorism is still a prevalent practice in the market, despite the humanitarian concerns of such a process."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amos, T. & Ristow, A. & Pearse, N. J. & Ristow, L. (2009) Human Resource Management. Juta and Company Limited.
  • Armstrong, M. (2006) A Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice. Kogan Page Publishers.
  • Bratton, J. & Gold, J. (2001) Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice. Routledge.
  • Tyson, S. & York, A. (2000) Essentials of HRM. Published by Elsevier.
  • Swanepoel, B. & Schenk, H. & Erasmus, B, & Wyk, M. V. & Schenk, H. (2004) South

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