Learning, knowing and controlling ‘the stock’: the nature of employee discretion in a supermarket chain

Alison Fuller, Konstantinos Kakavelakis, Alan Felstead, Nick Jewson, Lorna Unwin

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Abstract

This paper explores the nature of the relationship between Head Office and stores
in a large British supermarket chain. It focuses on the role played by a range of
technological tools available for managing the stock and connecting different parts
of the productive system and the implications this has for employee learning in
stores. The evidence illustrates the dual role of artefacts in making possible longdistance
control from Head Office, on the one hand, at the same time as opening
up spaces for local discretion and intervention, on the other. Accordingly, the
paper also shows how the relation between the organisational centre and the
periphery gives rise to different types of skills and expertise, providing the basis
for a potentially expansive learning environment at the level of the store.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-20
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Education and Work
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009

Keywords

  • Productive Systems
  • Learning
  • Knowing
  • Supermarkets
  • Discretion
  • Workplace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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