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Work Without Boundaries: Psychological Perspectives on the New Working Life

ISBN: 978-1-119-99623-1
280 pages
March 2011
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Drawing on more than a decade of inter-disciplinary research, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the available theories, concepts, data and research on new work organizations and the concept of ‘work without boundaries’.
  • Explores a concept of work that is not restricted by traditional organizational rules like regular office hours, a single workplace, fixed procedures and limited responsibility
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the available theories, concepts, data and research on new work organizations
  • Examines the shift of power away from organizations to make individuals accountable for their own employability and work
  • Draws on over a decade of original research into ‘work without boundaries’ in which the authors are  key authorities
  • Brings together organization theory and work psychology with scholarship from related fields including sociology, social psychology, cognition and psychobiology
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About the Authors.

Foreword by Cary L. Cooper.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

1 The New Work.

The new inequality.

New markets and new structures.

The new work life.

What is so new about “The New Work”?

The new and the old work.

The purpose and structure of this book.

2 The New Rules of Work: On Flexible Work and How to Manage It.

Flexible work.

Flexibility through empowerment.

Flexibility through substitution.

Separate paths?

3 The New Work Life and the Dimensions of Knowledge.

The cognitive knowledge demands.

The social knowledge demands.

The societal knowledge demands.

The existential knowledge demands.

Some concluding considerations.

4 The Place of Work in Life.

Separate spheres.

Competing spheres.

Coping with boundaries.

Mutually favored spheres.

New conditions outside work life: the consumption society.

The moral supermarket.

The market aesthetic.

The new family.

Organizing living.

Conflict and balance in life.

An individual matter.

5 Work Life, Stress, and the New Ill Health.

Stress as a social problem and research area.

Stress models for the work life.

The new work life as a source of stress.

The new ill health.

The new ill health, work environment, and the possibility space of work.

6 Some Concluding Comments and Reflections.

The deregulation of working life.

The individualization of working life.

The heterogenization of working life.

The new inequality.

New strains and symptoms.

Flexibility and power in times of economic recession.

Future – trust or new forms and fields for external regulation?

References.

Index.

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Michael Allvin is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Uppsala University and a licensed Psychologist.  

Gunnar Aronsson is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University.

Tom Hagström is Professor Emeritus of Education in the Department of Education, Stockholm University and a licensed Psychologist.

Gunn Johansson is Professor Emeritus of Work Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University.

Ulf Lundberg is Professor of Biological Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University, and at the Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS), affiliated with Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. 

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Too often authors writing on the ‘new workplace’ have drifted away from assessing the data to actively promoting a particular form of work organization. These authors recognize that the increased flexibility and deregulation that allows some new forms of work behaviour might also sever the bonds of employment security – as a result individuals stand to gain or lose. This book will have a substantial impact on my own thinking about the changing nature of work.
Kevin Kelloway, Professor of Management, St. Mary’s University, Canada

The post-recession world will mean that there will be fewer people doing more work, with the demands of new technology and global competition adversely affecting their work and private lives. This book attempts to identify the fundamental drivers of change, the issues that workers at all levels will have to face and how we should re-structure our organizations and working lives to confront these challenges. I congratulate the authors for their important contribution not only to the literature but also to the health and wellbeing of the workers of the world.
Cary l. Cooper CBE, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University Management School, UK

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