Research on Work Structures

  • Arne L. Kalleberg
  • Ivar Berg
Part of the Springer Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)


Research on the correlates and consequences of work structures is broad and diffuse, ranging from studies of diverse work settings and their societal and other macroscopic contexts to small work groups, their members, and their members’ and leaders’ ways and means. In this first chapter, we review studies related to work structures found in various disciplines. We classify these studies by their authors’ assumptions about work structures and the processes to which they give rise. A look at the kinds of issues that preoccupy archetypal writers, including what they do and do not regard as problematic, affords us insights into the perspectives from which they view work structures. A discussion of past research thus sets the stage for the next chapter in which we outline our own perspective on work structures in the expectation that the resulting juxtapositions will be instructive.


Labor Market Industrial Relation American SOciological Review Neoclassical Economist Work Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arne L. Kalleberg
    • 1
  • Ivar Berg
    • 2
  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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