Workplace Temporalities

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The global, 24/7 economy and the organizational changes it has generated have enormous implications for the organization, experience and use of time in (and out of) the workplace. In addition to eroding the boundary between home and work, creating time pressures both within and outside of the workplace, the need for businesses to compete in a 24/7 global economy has re-problematized time in the workplace. Drawing on sociology, labor economics, organizational behavior and social history, the papers in this volume examine either empirically or theoretically, a variety of aspects of time in the workplace. Contributors to this volume examine issues surrounding the distribution of and struggle over work hours and how these vary across a number of factors including race, class, occupation and other structural components of work. They examine temporal structures within organizations including inequities in flexible scheduling, entrainment and work teams, polychronicity, and how changing temporal structures affect professionalism and expertise. They also consider the way in which changing uses and organization of work time, in the context of economic instability and globalization, affect the difficulties of reconciling work and family. At the more micro-level, the papers consider individuals' perceptions and constructions and intersubjective constructions of time. To varying degrees, the authors speak to the policy implications or strategies for managing new times. Taken as a whole, these papers shed light on the way in which globalization and the emergence of a 24/7 economy have altered the ways, times, and meanings of time at work.
- full-text online of volumes 10 onwards.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762312689
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Pages: 564
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Beth A. Rubin.
1. The Economics of Flexible Work Scheduling: Theoretical Advances and Paradoxes. (Morris Altman, Lonnie Golden)
2. The Dance of Entrainment: Temporally Navigating
across multiple pacers. (Deborah Ancona Seley, Mary J. Waller)
3. Chronemics at work: Using socio-historical accounts to illuminate contemporary workplace temporality. (Author, Dawna Ballard, is revising again; this title may change somewhat)
4. Individual Temporality in the Workplace: How Individual Perceive and Value Time at Work. (Sally Blount, Abraham L. Gitlow,Sophie Leroy)
5. Polychronicity, individuals and organizations. (Allen Bluedorn, Emma S. Hibbs)
6. Explaining job hours of Physicians, Nurses, EMTs and Nursing Assistants: Gender, Class, Jobs and Families. (Naiomi Gerstel, Dan Clawson, Dana Huyser)
7. Organizational Strategies for Network Weaving Work-Life Integration into 24/7 Cultures. (Mindy L. Gewirtz, Mindy Fried)
8. The 'over-paced' American: Recent Trends in the Intensification of Work. (David J. Maume, Jr, David A. Purcell)
9. Time and Control in a 24/7 Environment: Clock Time, Work Time, Family Time. (Robert Perrucci, Shelley MacDermid)
10. Saying 'Good Morning' in the Night: The Reversal of Work Time in Global ICT Services Work. (Winifred R. Poster)
11. For Love or Money?: Extrinsic Rewards, Intrinsic Rewards, Work-Life Issues, and Hour Mismatches. (Jeremy Reynolds, Lydia Aletraris)
12. Public School Teachers Join the Ranks of Dislocated Workers. (Kenneth Root, Steven A. Root)
13. Timing expertise in Software Development Environments. (Ester Ruiz-Ben)
14. Gender Differencesin the Relationship between Long Employment Hours and Household Work Multitasking. (Liana Sayer - this is the holdup, have yet to see the first draft)
15. Dual Earners in Double jeopardy: preparing for job loss in the New Risk Economy. (Stephen Sweet, Phyllis Moen, Peter Meiksins)
16. Conclusion: Layering time in the 21st century economy, organization and social life. (Beth A. Rubin)
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