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Re-making jobs : enacting and learning work practices

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posted on 01.11.2009, 00:00 authored by Oriana Milani Price, Hermine Scheeres, David BoudDavid Boud
This paper takes up understandings of organisations where practices constitute and frame past and present work, as well as future work practice possibilities. Within this view, work practices, and thus organisations, are both perpetuated and varied through employees’ enactments of work. Using a practice lens, we are particularly interested in the ways workers simultaneously maintain and alter practices in their workplace—we characterise this as re-making one’s job. This perspective challenges ways in which managers often depict jobs and everyday work—as rational, linear and easily describable. We suggest that workers at various levels of responsibility contribute more to the formation of organisational practices than is often assumed. The processes of re-making jobs and remaking organisational practices create tensions that we posit as sites for learning. This paper addresses these issues through a focus on work practices in two Australian organisations that have been undergoing significant cultural change.

History

Journal

Vocations and learning

Volume

2

Issue

3

Pagination

217 - 234

Publisher

Springer

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

1874-785X

eISSN

1874-7868

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Springer