Category Archives: Managerial control

Too scared to go sick?

Recently the Industrial Relations Journal published an article entitled “Too scared to go sick? The management and the manifestations of workplace attendance in the food retail sector” written by Anastasios Hadjisolomou (2016). Conducting several case studies in the UK and … Continue reading

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Workplace Privacy Under Surveillance

Well one could argue whether there is such a thing like workplace privacy. However, the Workplace Surveillance Team thinks there is and it is under threat. This is most likely the reason why they produced the following video clip.

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Ideological control in action

“How do you make sure that a set of values or business principles are more than pretty words in a nice-looking pamphlet? In Novo Nordisk experienced employees called facilitators have been visiting Novo Nordisk units around the world since 1997, … Continue reading

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A further list of discussion questions

During the past year I developed more discussion questions that could be used during the classes or in the examinations. Some of the questions have been adopted from Fiona Wilson (2013) Organizational Behaviour and Work. A Critical Introduction. Oxford University … Continue reading

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Control mechanisms and the students’ life

Entering the topic of organisational and managerial control, I introduce my students to three thoughts about control in organisations: 1) Control is frequently mentioned in textbooks as being as one of the management functions (e.g. to plan, organise, motivate, control … Continue reading

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Taylorism and the Consequences of Simplification and Routinisation of Work

In order to make Taylor’s thoughts of what the management’s task should be more vivid for my students, I developed a simple exercise: First I showed to the class a complete work task that consisted of the following steps: Take … Continue reading

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Scientific Management

Frederick Winslow Taylor is a name that students in management and organisation studies should remember. More importantly, they should remember his work and how what he wrote influenced the organisation and management of work. In addition, his concept of management … Continue reading

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