Labor Process Theory and Contemporary Organizations Term Paper by Master Researcher

Labor Process Theory and Contemporary Organizations
A discussion of the relevance of the labor process theory to understanding contemporary organizations.
# 36415 | 1,400 words | 6 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 08, 2003 in Business (Management) , Business (Human Resources) , Labor Studies (General)

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This paper explains how Braverman initiated the "labor process debate," by refocusing the study of the workplace to issues such as the nature of skill and the apparent decline of skilled labor, managerial strategies for controlling workers, and the extent and nature of worker resistance to those strategies. The paper discusses how the labor process theory is still applicable to the changing business environment for it encourages management to realize that employee satisfaction will allow for a more productive organization.

From the Paper:

"Managers today are enamored of processes. It's easy to see why. Many modern organizations are functional and hierarchical; they suffer from isolated departments, poor coordination, and limited lateral communication. All too often, work is fragmented and compartmentalized, and managers find it difficult to get things done. Scholars have faced similar problems in their research, struggling to describe organizational functioning in other than static, highly aggregated terms. For real progress to be made, the "proverbial 'black box,' the firm, has to be opened and studied from within."
"Process theories have appeared in organization theory, strategic management, operations management, group dynamics, and studies of managerial behavior. The few scholarly efforts to tackle processes as a collective phenomenon either have been tightly focused theoretical or methodological statements or have focused primarily on a single type of process theory."

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