Peering into the mire: legitimation and consent to organisational change in four industries : workers' subjective and objective experiences

Debra Lee Rosser

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    Abstract

    [Truncated] The work is better and you don't get so frustrated, but you don't ever see anybody at work now which makes us divisive and lonely. I miss the comradeship. (John, Waterside Worker).
    John's comment hints at the complexity of the worker's experience of
    workplace change. This thesis peers into the mire, interviewing 161 (mostly
    male) workers to ask how they legitimate and consent to organisational
    change, thus illuminating a significant gap in contemporary industrial
    sociology.
    The thesis begins with a discussion of the socio-politico-economic
    environment of contemporary organisational change in Australia, setting
    the workers' experiences in a broad context. This is followed by a
    comprehensive review of the "employment" literature (including
    management and critical theory), which was conducted to establish an
    appropriate framework for the analysis of the individual worker's
    experience of change. It was found that management theory ignored
    contextual variables which were germane to the experience of the capitalist
    labour process. Critical perspectives, though, generally disregarded the
    individual in their incorporation of context. It was, however, established
    that a critical sociological framework could incorporate individual
    experience. Investigation proceeded on the assumption that workers had
    both objective and subjective constraints and opportunities which affected
    their experience of organisational change, and the interpretation of that
    experience.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    DOIs
    Publication statusUnpublished - 1995

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    employment theory
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    This thesis has been made available in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository as part of a UWA Library project to digitise and make available theses completed before 2003. If you are the author of this thesis and would like it removed from the UWA Profiles and Research Repository, please contact digitaltheses-lib@uwa.edu.au

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