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How has Management Changed? Evidence of Organisational Transformation in Larger UK Companies

Simon Lilley (UMIST)

Management Research News

ISSN: 0140-9174

Article publication date: 1 May 1992

Abstract

This paper is situated within two debates. First concerns the theories of ‘disorganised capitalism’ and the like which argue for major restructuring of advanced capitalist societies. Reed (1991) usefully identifies and summarises three varieties of such theory: (i) Post‐Fordism/Flexible Specialisation (e.g. Piore and Sabel, 1982); (ii) Disorganised Capitalism (e.g. Lash and Urry, 1987); (iii) Post‐Modernism (e.g. Poster, 1984). Common to these theories of ‘disorganised capitalism’ is the understanding that the progressive development of an ‘organised society’ (Prestus, 1962) — characterised by concentration, centralisation and corporatism — is being interrupted/challenged by trends in a contrary direction. The second relates to arguments about the work of middle management (e.g. Goffee and Scase, 1986 v. Dopson and Stewart, 1990).

Citation

Ezzamel, M., Willmott, H. and Lilley, S. (1992), "How has Management Changed? Evidence of Organisational Transformation in Larger UK Companies", Management Research News, Vol. 15 No. 5/6, pp. 49-50. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb028239

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