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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing: some comments on the indeterminacy of Graham Sewell

Thompson, P. and Ackroyd, S. (2006) A little knowledge is a dangerous thing: some comments on the indeterminacy of Graham Sewell. Organization, 12 (5). pp. 705-710. ISSN 1350-5084

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Critiques of the over-optimistic claims of theories of the knowledge economy and management are increasing (Thompson et al., 2001; Brown and Hesketh, 2004; McKinlay, 2005) and it is always good to add another to the fold. Graham Sewell's article in this issue makes a welcome interrogation of the rhetoric of empowerment and commitment associated with knowledge work and points to the persistence of control relations within the management of expert labour. The article rightly focuses on managerial attempts to codify and convert tacit knowledge as central to this process. On the other hand, as a contribution to the consideration of control in contemporary work, Sewell's analysis is not very adequate from both an empirical and a conceptual point of view.

Item type: Article
ID code: 4114
Keywords: human resource management, knowledge economy, employment, work, Management. Industrial Management, Business, Management and Accounting(all), Strategy and Management, Management of Technology and Innovation
Subjects: Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Human Resource Management
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2007
Last modified: 20 Oct 2015 12:30

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