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Flexibility Revisited: A Temporal Analysis of the Introduction of Flexibility

Stephen Procter (University of Keele)
Louise McCardle (University of Keele)
Michael Rowlinson (University of Southampton)
John Hassard (University of Keele)
Paul Forrester (University of Keele)

Management Research News

ISSN: 0140-9174

Publication date: 1 May 1992

Abstract

Pollert's latest contribution to the flexibility debate has been to denounce the concept as an appropriate framework for research and to state that it should be replaced by one that takes into account the complexities and relations of the real world (Pollert 1991, p. 31). Similarly, Wood has argued that the problem with the flexibility debate is that the organisational model of the flexible firm has over‐emphasised management's pursuit of flexibility as though it were an end in itself. Flexibility should be seen as only one of management's aims and ought to remain attached to other goals and interests of management (Wood 1989).

Citation

Procter, S., McCardle, L., Rowlinson, M., Hassard, J. and Forrester, P. (1992), "Flexibility Revisited: A Temporal Analysis of the Introduction of Flexibility", Management Research News, Vol. 15 No. 5/6, pp. 53-53. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb028243

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