Job Crafting and Identity in Low-Grade Work: How Hospital Porters Redefine the Value of their Work and Expertise

Job Crafting and Identity in Low-Grade Work: How Hospital Porters Redefine the Value of their... Over 25 years ago, Brown and Duguid (Organisation Science, 2(1), 40–57, 1991) highlighted the differences between the way organisations formally describe and delineate jobs and the actual practices of their employees. This paper combines ideas from their seminal contribution with theories of ‘job crafting’ and identity to examine the agentic behaviour of employees in low-grade, ‘dirty work’ as they utilise their expertise and practices to (re)frame their occupational identities and challenge their prescribed job boundaries. The evidence for the paper comes from a qualitative study of hospital porters in the UK’s National Health Service. It argues that this combined theoretical approach provides a potential research and employment framework to challenge the abstracted and stereotypical conceptions of the expertise related to low-grade jobs. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Vocations and Learning Springer Journals

Job Crafting and Identity in Low-Grade Work: How Hospital Porters Redefine the Value of their Work and Expertise

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by The Author(s)
Subject
Education; Professional and Vocational Education; Learning and Instruction
ISSN
1874-785X
eISSN
1874-7868
D.O.I.
10.1007/s12186-017-9173-z
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