Hard times and the "fact" and "fancy" of modern labour management

Abbott, Keith 2015, Hard times and the "fact" and "fancy" of modern labour management, Macrotheme review, vol. 4, no. 7, Winter, pp. 53-61.

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Title Hard times and the "fact" and "fancy" of modern labour management
Author(s) Abbott, KeithORCID iD for Abbott, Keith orcid.org/0000-0002-6346-6030
Journal name Macrotheme review
Volume number 4
Issue number 7
Season Winter
Start page 53
End page 61
Total pages 9
Publisher Macrotheme Capital Management
Place of publication Austin, Tex.
Publication date 2015-12-01
ISSN 2379-9765
Keyword(s) Modern Labour Management
Summary Dickens believed that, played out in practical terms, the pursuit of a totally rationalised society devoid of ‘Fancy’ only served to benefit those in power to the impoverishment of those in their charge. He was appalled by a selfish and self-interested philosophy that combined with laissez-faire capitalism to reduce human effort to mere numbers for the sole purpose of determining its monetary worth. His story thus provides a rebuke to the dehumanising effects of utilitarianism and the way it is used to calculate workers in the manner of machines; reducing them to little more than a resource that is no more or less important any other resource used in industrial enterprise. Their modern-day counterparts live in similar Hard Times in being in the grip of laissez-fair economics of global proportions, which visits upon them similar conceptions of their worth, as evidenced by the current precariousness of their employment and their present exposure to the vicissitudes of arbitrary power exercised by managements still wedded to utilitarian principles. As a result, the ‘light of Fancy’ that at one time would periodically burst through in earnest storms of protest, is now refracted into cynical asides directed at rational systems that continue to standardise and homogenise all that ‘counts’ in working life.
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080292

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Department of Management
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