Associational control: Between self-management and standardization in the financial sector

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    Over the last 30 years, the concept of control has had a central position in research into the psychological working environment. Control has been understood as individual autonomy and individual opportunities for development. This article examines whether the concept of control has the same key significance in the modern workplace which is simultaneously characterized by self-management and standardization. It is concluded that the concept of control remains important, but needs to evolve from its focus on the work of individuals to a focus on the associational aspects of work if it is to retain its critical potential. This conclusion is supported by case studies of four Danish banks.
    Translated title of the contributionRelationel kontrol: Mellem selvledelse og standardisering i den finansielle sektor
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEconomic and Industrial Democracy
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)639-659
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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