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The UK context of workplace empowerment Debating HRM and postmodernity

The UK context of workplace empowerment Debating HRM and postmodernity Offers insights into workplace empowerment by concentrating on the wider contemporary (UK) context of work, conceptualising work in the on‐going debates on human resource management (HRM) and postmodernity. Connections are made between theory and practice in HRM and postmodern critique, drawing on an empirical case study. Compares the postmodern motifs of consumerism and consumption, commodification and image projection and the HRM ideals of commitment, individuality and continuous development. Suggests that viewing HRM as discourse may enable a focus for, if not a reconciliation of, the debate between theoretical HRM and HRM in practice. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Participation and Empowerment: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

The UK context of workplace empowerment Debating HRM and postmodernity

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1463-4449
DOI
10.1108/14634449910298231
Publisher site
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Abstract

Offers insights into workplace empowerment by concentrating on the wider contemporary (UK) context of work, conceptualising work in the on‐going debates on human resource management (HRM) and postmodernity. Connections are made between theory and practice in HRM and postmodern critique, drawing on an empirical case study. Compares the postmodern motifs of consumerism and consumption, commodification and image projection and the HRM ideals of commitment, individuality and continuous development. Suggests that viewing HRM as discourse may enable a focus for, if not a reconciliation of, the debate between theoretical HRM and HRM in practice.

Journal

Participation and Empowerment: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 1999

Keywords: Empowerment; Postmodernism; Human resource management; United Kingdom

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