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Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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Work, authority and participation: the scenario of circular organizing

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Title:Work, authority and participation: the scenario of circular organizing
Author(s):A. Georges L. Romme, (Department of Management Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands)
Citation:A. Georges L. Romme, (1997) "Work, authority and participation: the scenario of circular organizing", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 10 Iss: 2, pp.156 - 166
Keywords:Authority, Participation, Work design, Work organization
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09534819710160817 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Explores a scenario for how work can be organized in a circular manner. Outlines two tendencies in work relations: a return to authoritarian governance of the workplace, and at the same time, the inevitable and necessary shift towards more participation. Subsequently, explores the possibility of a synthesis of traditional and participative work relationships by organizing work in a circular manner. Circularity implies that, although authority may continue to play an important role in the workplace, an ultimate authority is absent, and each member can participate directly or through representation in decision processes which are organized in circles.

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