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Theory and Research on Work and Organisation

  • Ad H. van der Zwaan
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It is very intriguing, though rather complicated, to describe the recent developments in the study of work and organisation in the Netherlands. It is not the recent history of just organisation theory or organisation sociology, which forms the core of this article. In that case, we could easily have followed Lammers et al. (1997), who especially focus on the developments in organisational sociology and even on its impact on the theory of organisation design and intervention. Our mission is a little more difficult, because our task stems from a labour perspective, so the sociology (or socio-psychology) and economics of work closely linked with organisation theory is the very object of our analysis. Our aim is to deal with organisation theory, but theory that is as close as possible to work and the work organisation itself. The objective is not so much to describe actual ‘concrete’ developments about items in the field, such as gender, employment relationship, internal labour market, codetermination, etc. The aim is rather to survey the work and organisation area from a more abstract theoretical and methodological perspective. At this level of abstraction, we shall try to formulate a number of guiding questions and the related suppositions will be submitted to some sort of test. These will be articulated in Section 3 of this article.

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Labour Relation Work Organisation Organisation Theory Employment Relationship Contractual Relation 
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  • Ad H. van der Zwaan
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  1. 1.Fac. Management SciencesGroningen UniversityGroningenNetherlands

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