Work as community: Narratives of solidarity and teamwork in the contemporary workplace, who owns them?

Gillian Vogl*

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Abstract

The workplace provides a very important context for the development of community. Structural changes that have occurred in the workplace in the last 25 years have impacted on how community has been constructed and experienced in the workplace. These structural changes have often been accompanied by particular types of organisational cultures and forms of work organisation. One such form of work organisation has been teamwork. Some have argued that management induced forms of employee collectivism, such as teamwork have undermined more genuine employee generated forms of community and solidarity. Through in-depth interviews with employees in a number of organisations from two research projects, this article explores employees experiences of community and highlights the different ways in which teamwork is interpreted and experienced by workers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSociological Research Online
Volume14
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Community
  • Fordism
  • Manufactured community
  • Organisational culture
  • Post-fordism
  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Solidarity
  • Teamwork
  • Workplace

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