Recruitment Strategies and Managerial Control of Technological Staff

  • Diane Winstanley
Part of the Studies in the Labour Process book series (SLP)


There has been extensive debate in recent years about managerial strategies and new forms of labour control (for example see Littler, 1982; Wood, 1982). Discussion concentrated initially on managerial attempts to control the labour process. It highlighted strategies of deskilling and emphasised the homogenisation of the workforce and different forms of conflict and co-operation at work (see Braverman, 1974 for example). In the early 1980s the focus of debate shifted to discussion over how companies were restructuring to cope with recession and a changed political-economic climate. There has been a growing interest in fragmentation, both the breaking down of companies into smaller profit centres and the rekindling of subcontract relationships. Relations in the labour market therefore became increasingly relevant to the debates over managerial strategies for the control of white-collar, and in this case, technological workers.


Labour Market Recruitment Strategy Responsible Autonomy Contract Worker Permanent Contract 
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