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Re-making jobs: Enacting and learning work practices

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper takes up understandings of organisations where practices

    constitute and frame past and present work, as well as future work practice

    possibilities. Within this view, work practices, and thus organisations, are both

    perpetuated and varied through employees’ enactments of work. Using a practice

    lens, we are particularly interested in the ways workers simultaneously maintain and

    alter practices in their workplace—we characterise this as re-making one’s job. This

    perspective challenges ways in which managers often depict jobs and everyday

    work—as rational, linear and easily describable. We suggest that workers at various

    levels of responsibility contribute more to the formation of organisational practices

    than is often assumed. The processes of re-making jobs and remaking organisational

    practices create tensions that we posit as sites for learning. This paper addresses

    these issues through a focus on work practices in two Australian organisations that

    have been undergoing significant cultural change.

UOW Authors


  •   Price, Oriana
  •   Scheeres, Hermine (external author)
  •   Boud, David J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Price, O. Milani., Scheeres, H. & Boud, D. (2009). Re-making jobs: Enacting and learning work practices. Vocations and Learning, 2 (3), 217-234.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-71449114147

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/904

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 217

End Page


  • 234

Volume


  • 2

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands

Abstract


  • This paper takes up understandings of organisations where practices

    constitute and frame past and present work, as well as future work practice

    possibilities. Within this view, work practices, and thus organisations, are both

    perpetuated and varied through employees’ enactments of work. Using a practice

    lens, we are particularly interested in the ways workers simultaneously maintain and

    alter practices in their workplace—we characterise this as re-making one’s job. This

    perspective challenges ways in which managers often depict jobs and everyday

    work—as rational, linear and easily describable. We suggest that workers at various

    levels of responsibility contribute more to the formation of organisational practices

    than is often assumed. The processes of re-making jobs and remaking organisational

    practices create tensions that we posit as sites for learning. This paper addresses

    these issues through a focus on work practices in two Australian organisations that

    have been undergoing significant cultural change.

UOW Authors


  •   Price, Oriana
  •   Scheeres, Hermine (external author)
  •   Boud, David J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Price, O. Milani., Scheeres, H. & Boud, D. (2009). Re-making jobs: Enacting and learning work practices. Vocations and Learning, 2 (3), 217-234.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-71449114147

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/904

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 217

End Page


  • 234

Volume


  • 2

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands