Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History

Historical Interpretations of the Labour Process: Retrospect and Future Research Directions

Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History (2011), 100, (1), 19–32.

Abstract

Labour process research has had a profound impact on the study of work by highlighting the central role of management in controlling labour cost and application. It is also an approach that is strongly grounded in an historical and empirical methodology. This article reviews the contribution of labour process theory and research over the last forty years to the study of Australian labour and business history. While interest in the labour process from an historical perspective has declined in recent years, this article identifies four areas where recent research may offer conceptual inspiration, specifically: questions of managerial and professional identity; organisational change and management innovation; the nature and control of service work; and globalisation and comparative labour process analysis.

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