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High performance management: a literature review

Butler, Peter, Felstead, Alan, Ashton, David, Fuller, Alison, Lee, Tracey, Unwin, Lorna and Walters, Sally (2004) High performance management: a literature review , Leicester, GB Centre for Labour Market Studies 36pp. (Learning as Work Research Paper).

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In recent years there has been widespread discussion concerning the purported shift away from Taylorism towards a new production paradigm premised upon techniques of high performance management (HPM). This paper argues that in seeking to capture the essence of the phenomenon commentators typically privilege different aspects of the management function. For example, some emphasise the importance of task formulation while others focus heavily on the management of human resources. Drawing on recent work by Bélanger et al. (2002) it is argued that any construct needs to be understood as a composite covering three discrete but related spheres: production management, work organisation and employee relations. The paper then moves on to consider the principal theoretical debates surrounding the emergent model; namely, the compatibility of HPM with neoliberal orthodoxy; the impact of HPM on productivity; and, finally, the implications of HPM vis-à-vis employees. The paper concludes that there is a need for the development of more refined analytical tools and similarly the excavation of data more sensitive to potential sectoral dynamics.

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Published date: June 2004


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Date deposited: 12 Nov 2008
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Author: Peter Butler
Author: Alan Felstead
Author: David Ashton
Author: Alison Fuller
Author: Tracey Lee
Author: Lorna Unwin
Author: Sally Walters

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