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Managing Knowledge : Experts, Agencies and Organisations - Steven Albert

Managing Knowledge

Experts, Agencies and Organisations


Published: 28th October 1997
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Managing Knowledge reverses the status quo argument that organisational change is driven by the specific demands of large companies. Instead of viewing firms as the catalysts for gradual change, Albert and Bradley argue that expert professionals have fuelled a break away from the traditional organisational structure to an organisational structure at the heart of which is an agent and/or an agency system. The authors draw our attention to the growing phenomenon of atypical work manifested in workforce flexibility, mobility, the feminisation of professional employment, and technological changes. They focus upon a group of knowledge-based employees - experts - who increasingly have influence over work and wealth creation. Case studies are developed from companies including AT and T, the Hollywood film industry, London accounting firms, and specialised agencies such as Labforce and Knowledge Net.

'At a time when more and more attention is being paid to the role of knowledge in the economy it is timely to have a supply-side account of labour market change that suggests that not all atypical, agency-based work and other casual work arrangements are deleterious to the worker.' David Rooney, The University of Queensland, Prometheus

Introduction: The supply side in context
Expert Employees and their New Organisation
Trends in the labour market
Adaptations in the labour market and the expert employee
From the firm to the agency
Expert agency employment as a facilitator of intellectual capital
The temporal advantages of agency work for the expert employee
Taking stock
The Labour Market and the Expert Employee
AT & T's special employment policies for expert employees
An external temporary agency and expert employees
The Hollywood Agency system
The internet as an agent
Labour market segments re-examined
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ISBN: 9780521561501
ISBN-10: 0521561507
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 28th October 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.51