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The flexible firm and the flexible co-worker
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE).
Marketing Department, Clarion University, Clarion, Pennsylvania, USA..
2000 (English)In: Journal of Workplace Learning, ISSN 1366-5626, Vol. 12, no 4, 165-170 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the discourse on modern management, the concept of flexibility is often mentioned as a desirable characteristic of firms and employees. Flexible organizations exhibit an ability to change in response to market changes. It should be clear, however, that a range of possibilities exist between “rigid” organizations and truly flexible ones. This range is discussed. Further, a firm’s ability to demonstrate flexibility depends to a large degree on the flexibility exhibited by its employees. Firms exhibiting different degrees of flexibility have different demands on the flexibility of their coworkers, which means that a matching between supply and demand exists. Employee flexibility has several dimensions, which are also discussed as well as some conditions for a flexible work- cum lifestyle. The starting point for the discussion is the assumption that neither the firms themselves nor the surrounding society are especially adapted to a lifestyle of flexible work. Some measures to alleviate these conditions are proposed.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2000. Vol. 12, no 4, 165-170 p.
Keyword [en]
Employees, Flexibility, Human resource management, Organizations
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Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50185DOI: 10.1108/13665620010332831OAI: diva2:459793
Available from: 2011-11-28 Created: 2011-11-28 Last updated: 2012-10-29Bibliographically approved

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