Category Archives: Managerial control

Dismissed by a machine

How would you feel if your employer would implement an automated system of performance measure that uses algorithms to monitor your work output and to decide about your future in the organization? Many of you would probably rebel against such … Continue reading

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Like pigs to the slaughter? (adapted from J. M. Corbett, 1994)

Source: J. Martin Corbett (1994) Critical Cases in Organisational Behaviour, Palgrave, p. 232 I presented this cartoon to my students in one of our classes on the topics of power, politics, control and resistance. I asked them to interpret the … Continue reading

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Ask your manager!

The other week I had a guest in my course. She works in the HR department of an internationally operating firm and trains employees in the area of business ethics. The company has a code of conduct and in order … Continue reading

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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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