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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Prof. Stephen Ackroyd (Lancaster): Summary of Why Having a Job Means You Can’t Have a Life

30th April 2009, 18:00, Room 231, Elvet Riverside

This is the seventh seminar in Humanising Practice Seminar Series.

A sustained study of corporate restructuring argues that the disassembly of the traditional formal structures of firms has thrown a great deal onto the initiative of employees. The networks that organisational theorists are so fond of invoking actually have to be created and sustained by employees, and this is demanding of employee’s time and sociability. Most people have only a limited capacity for sociability, and there is an inverse relationship between the number of relationships a person can sustain and their quality. The consequences of this are drawn out for discussion.

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