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Formality and informality and the generation of occupational performance: a case study on the commercial service charge

Timothy Stephen Eccles (School of the Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank University, London, UK)

Property Management

ISSN: 0263-7472

Article publication date: 5 April 2022

Issue publication date: 9 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper utilises formality-informality modelling to examine occupational change, using commercial service charge management as its case study.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a conceptual paper that develops a typology for applying formalisation to occupational change and then utilises historiography to generate a narrative on the evolution of service charge management.

Findings

Formality is seen as a method of improving transparency and performance as a “modern” response to a range complaints about professional performance. Whilst real improvement failed to develop, a “snowball” of continued formalisation remained the perceived solution, leading to centralisation of measures of professional performance.

Research limitations/implications

The work is a conceptual paper that develops a historiography on the development of service charge administrative practice. Whilst it relies on objective data and secondary literature, the narrative that is developed is subjective and interpretive.

Originality/value

The conceptual nature of the work offers potential insights into occupational organisation. It suggests that formalising procedures in itself does not improve performance.

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Citation

Eccles, T.S. (2023), "Formality and informality and the generation of occupational performance: a case study on the commercial service charge", Property Management, Vol. 41 No. 1, pp. 41-59. https://doi.org/10.1108/PM-01-2021-0006

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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