Neo-bureaucratic Organizational Forms, Technology, Control and Contingent Work: The Case of UK TV

Catherine Farrell, Jonathan Morris

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    Abstract

    A feature in contemporary labour markets has been the growth of non-standard work. This has to be set within a context of evolving new organizational forms and the ways that large organizations control these forms. Based on a qualitative study of freelance work in television, we have witnessed considerable vertical-disintegration of the industry and a substantial growth of freelance working. Control over the network is maintained by employing former large broadcaster staff, and in turn their own preferred freelancers. This has significant implications for the nature of freelance work. While work is characterized as more insecure generally the degree varies. This is based, in part, on occupation but also on access to social capital. Freelancers also reported a positive attitude to work, but more negative findings on working hours, work intensification and on related benefits.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)115-130
    JournalNew Technology, Work and Employment
    Volume32
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2017

    Keywords

    • Neo-bureaucratic organisational forms.
    • Control
    • Technological change
    • Television
    • Freelance work

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