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ISSN: 0048-3486

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Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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The management of trust-based working time in Germany

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Title:The management of trust-based working time in Germany
Author(s):Ingo Singe, (International Trade Union Centre, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK), Richard Croucher, (Human Resource Research Centre, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)
Citation:Ingo Singe, Richard Croucher, (2003) "The management of trust-based working time in Germany", Personnel Review, Vol. 32 Iss: 4, pp.492 - 509
Keywords:Employees, Germany, Time management, Trust
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/004834480310477551 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:New developments in trust-based working time systems (i.e. systems whereby managers formally devolve their responsibilities for monitoring working time) in Germany are examined. A picture of these systems is presented and the main debates reviewed. It is argued that the successful introduction of such systems is contingent on a number of inter-related factors. These are: company size and management style, external and internal pressures and effective employee representation. It is concluded that such systems are most likely to be successful in larger organisations and that effective employee representation is a key requirement. Current circumstances are not necessarily conducive to the rapid spread of trust-based working time systems.

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