The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Management and the control of technical labour

Causer, Gordon and Jones, Carol (1996) Management and the control of technical labour Work, Employment and Society, 10, (1), pp. 105-123. (doi:10.1177/0950017096101005).

Record type: Article


This paper addresses the issues involved in the management of professional employees through an examination of the management of professional engineers in a sample of electronics companies. It is argued that a measure of evaluation and control is secured through the development of organisational positions which combine elements of both technical and managerial work and through the operation of personalised systems of reward. The potentially demotivating effects of hierarchical structures of control are moderated by forms of work organisation which blur the distinction between employees and management, and by the development of managerial philosophies which stress a commonality of identity uniting those at different levels of the organisational hierarchy. The development of such philosophies is related to the nature of professional organisation within engineering and to the male-dominated nature of the work environment. The paper concludes with a brief consideration of the applicability of this analysis to the study of the management of professional employees more generally.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 1996


Local EPrints ID: 33822
PURE UUID: a9a27ea0-a23b-4e6e-bb7f-9344cc5a9421

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 07 Dec 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:51

Export record



Author: Gordon Causer
Author: Carol Jones

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.