Location Independent Working In Academia: Enabling employees or supporting managerial control?

Amanda Lee, MariaLaura DiDomenico, Mark N.K. Saunders

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In this article, we consider the extent to which the practice of location independent working (LIW) enables academic employees to make choices and have agency in their life-work balance, and the extent to which it may support (or potentially be used as a form of resistance to) increased managerial control. Set within the context of an increasingly performance-led, managerialist public sector landscape, the impact and implications of these working practices are examined through the lens of labour process theory. Drawing on findings from an ongoing in-depth ethnographic study set in a post-1992 university business school in central England, we suggest that the practice of LIW is being used both to enable employees and to support managerial control.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-442
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Workplace Rights
Volume17
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Location-Independent working
  • Labour Process Theory
  • Managerialism

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Location Independent Working In Academia : Enabling employees or supporting managerial control? / Lee, Amanda; DiDomenico, MariaLaura; Saunders, Mark N.K.

In: Journal of Workplace Rights, Vol. 17, No. 3-4, 2014, p. 425-442.

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Lee, Amanda ; DiDomenico, MariaLaura ; Saunders, Mark N.K. / Location Independent Working In Academia : Enabling employees or supporting managerial control?. In: Journal of Workplace Rights. 2014 ; Vol. 17, No. 3-4. pp. 425-442.
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