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'The ground beneath my feet': projects, project management and the intensified control of R&D engineers

Gleadle, Pauline; Hodgson, Damian and Storey, John (2012). 'The ground beneath my feet': projects, project management and the intensified control of R&D engineers. New Technology Work and Employment, 27(3) pp. 163–177.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-005X.2012.00286.x
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Abstract

This paper examines the erosion of autonomy among R&D engineers in a global IT company and the ways in which they responded. Over a 14-year period, we examine the changing regime of control as knowledge workers in this firm are increasingly subjected to increased project and portfolio management interventions. Drawing on extended interviews, we consider the propensity of such knowledge workers to challenge, subvert or else acquiesce to these enhanced control mechanisms. The idea of the project, we argue, plays a critical role in affording meaning and security and informing their responses.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd,
ISSN: 1468-005X
Keywords: R&D; work control; knowledge work; surveillance; technology
Academic Unit/Department: Open University Business School
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 34502
Depositing User: John Storey
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 09:33
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2013 16:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/34502
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