Penn, Roger (1995) Flexibility, skill and technical change in UK retailing. Service Industries Journal, 15 (3). pp. 229-242. ISSN 1743-9507Full text not available from this repository.
This article examines employment patterns in British retailing during the 1980s. It focuses on two debates central to contemporary economic sociology: the flexibility thesis and theories of skill and technical change. The data derive fiom the ESRC's Social Change and Economic Life Initiative and represent a sample of 72 retailing establishments fiom six localities in Britain. The article reveals that technological change had not produced much in the way of deskilling: rather, it had enskilled the work of already qualified and trained employees. Whilst part-time employment had increased in many stores, there was little evidence of any significant growth of other kinds of peripheral labour.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Service Industries Journal|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics|
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Deposited By:||Mr Richard Ingham|
|Deposited On:||06 Jan 2011 14:38|
|Last Modified:||26 Jul 2012 17:45|
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