The Meaning of Work: Papers on Work Organization and the Design of Jobs

Author(s) : Lisl Klein

The Meaning of Work: Papers on Work Organization and the Design of Jobs

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2008
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 336
  • Category :
    Organisational Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 24641
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855753488
  • ISBN 10 : 1855753480
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Lisl Klein has spent forty years working on the twin themes of the practice of social science in organizations and the importance of work and work organization. Papers on the first of these were published as Working Across the Gap (catalogue number 20169). This volume brings together papers covering the second theme, the meaning and organization of work. After a historical introduction, the book has five sections: Making the case; Two pieces of research, separated by forty years; Five examples of action research and consultancy activities on work organization; Working with other professions that influence the design of jobs; Reflections on the implications for institutions and policy.

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'To say that Lisl Klein has been active and influential as a consultant in industry for nearly fifty years is an understatement. She has, in her own words in "Working Across the Gap", had a 'life-long love affair with industry' and other kinds of organizations and she has had a "life-long fascination, not to say obsession, with the question of work satisfaction". This collection spans all her working years and gives a comprehensive picture of a remarkable career as a researcher and consultant as well as insights and criticisms of great value.'
- Stefan Jern, Department of Psychology, Lund University

'A very fine narrative that keeps the reader informed, educated and entertained. [This book offers] a prodigious range of insights of the interaction of theory and practice. The author has collected together numerous of her earlier publications and revisited them; reinterpreted, d and to a degree, integrated them. This is made up of case studies, vignettes, autobiographical sections, theorizing and reflections that somehow combine into a very cohesive and compelling whole.

'The same virtues of uncompromising objectivity, critical imagination, sharp intelligence and engrossing storytelling that characterized Klein's earlier work [are found] in her latest. As a chronicle of changing relations between industry and academia, this book is hard to beat.'
- Yiannis Gabriel, The School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London

'Social science would be healthier today if there were more Lisl Kleins'
- William Brown, Work, Employment & Society

About the Author(s)

Lisl Klein Ph.D. worked in industry, on the shop floor and in personnel management, before moving into organization research. From 1965 to 1970 she was Social Sciences Adviser in Esso Petroleum Company Ltd and, from 1971 to 1989, senior social scientist in the Tavistock Institute. She founded the Bayswater Institute in 1990. Lisl passed away peacefully in December 2015.

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