HOWCROFT, D. and RICHARDSON, H. (2012). The back office goes global: exploring connections and contradictions in shared service centres. Work, employment and society, 26 (1), 111-127.Full text not available from this repository.
This article explores a neglected aspect of IT-enabled service work: the back office. The fieldwork study reveals how back office service work has been identified as suitable for ongoing reorganization and reconfiguration as firms respond to the pressures of contemporary capitalism. The article focuses on standardization as a means of facilitating organizational restructuring into shared service centres as highly skilled back office work is reframed as routine service work. Standardization is the vehicle that drives the commodification of the labour process as tasks are fragmented, quantified and traded in the global sourcing of services, allowing work to be lifted out of traditional organizational structures and placed elsewhere, or outsourced to other service providers. The study shows how this ongoing process is fraught with contradictions, problematically rendering people and place ancillary.
|Research Institute, Centre or Group:||Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation|
|Depositing User:||Helen Richardson|
|Date Deposited:||05 Sep 2012 10:21|
|Last Modified:||25 Apr 2014 15:48|
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