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Making Work

Self-Created Jobs in Participatory Organizations

  • William Ronco
  • Lisa Peattie
  • Russ Tanner
  • Joan Wofford
  • Peter Linkow
  • Sharon Moriearty

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. William Rondo, Lisa Peattie, Russ Tanner, Joan Wofford, Peter Linkow, Sharon Moriearty
    Pages 1-23
  3. William Ronco, Lisa Peattie, Russ Tanner, Joan Wofford, Peter Linkow, Sharon Moriearty
    Pages 25-53
  4. William Ronco, Lisa Peattie, Russ Tanner, Joan Wofford, Peter Linkow, Sharon Moriearty
    Pages 55-79
  5. William Ronco, Lisa Peattie, Russ Tanner, Joan Wofford, Peter Linkow, Sharon Moriearty
    Pages 81-108
  6. Joan Wofford
    Pages 109-126
  7. With Russ Tanner
    Pages 127-167
  8. Peter Linkow, Sharon Moriearty
    Pages 169-185
  9. William Ronco, Lisa Beattie, Rush Tanner, Joan Woflford, Peter BLinkow, Sharon Moriearty
    Pages 187-206
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 207-212

About this book

Introduction

This book began as an exploration of collaborative work orga­ nizations. We knew about people in various occupations who had gotten together to form organizations of equals to man­ age the settings within which they did their work. Among these organizations were a teacher-controlled public school, a fishermen's cooperative, a potters' studio, a public-interest advocacy group, and an architectural firm. We wondered how these groups functioned, and whether and how they contributed to making work satisfying for the individuals in them. These groups were, of course, pretty small potatoes, but it seemed to us that they provided a way to an understanding of some much larger current issues. Worker satisfaction has surfaced as an issue of current concern and has been repre­ sented in research documenting the growing expectations that the members of our society have of their work experi­ ence. More workers are more educated now than ever before, and more and more people seem to look to work as a personal outlet, rather than just a source of income. We saw our small, egalitarian work organizations as providing settings in which people were especially likely to v vi PREFACE find work satisfying. We wanted to know both the organiza­ tional conditions for satisfying work and the conditions un­ der which collaborative work organizations could keep func­ tioning. Since the sociological literature on work satisfaction tends to revolve around issues of autonomy and control, we sought out settings in which workers had maximized autono­ my and control.

Keywords

Action REFA autonomy income occupations organization organizations research school

Authors and affiliations

  • William Ronco
    • 1
  • Lisa Peattie
    • 2
  • Russ Tanner
  • Joan Wofford
  • Peter Linkow
  • Sharon Moriearty
  1. 1.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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