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Scratching the Shiny Surfacer of New Workplaces: A Note on Methodology

Townsend, Keith J. (2007) Scratching the Shiny Surfacer of New Workplaces: A Note on Methodology. Employment Relations Record, 7(1), pp. 11-24.

Abstract

When organisations invest in new plants there is commonly a commitment to managerially constructed workplace cultures. This makes the investigating of employee resistance in new worksites more complicated. This article explores the processes of an ethnographic research project that aimed to uncover employee resistance in a greenfield worksite. Performing ethnography allowed the researcher to ‘scratch below’ the shiny surface of the new workplace to uncover interesting patterns of resistance and cooperation in this workplace.

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ID Code: 12422
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Employee Resistance, Ethnographic Research, Workplaces
ISSN: 1444-7053
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Pacific Employment Relations Assocaition
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:35

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