‘The Ground Beneath My Feet’: Projects, Project Management and the Intensified Control of R&D Engineers

15 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2012

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Pauline Gleadle

The Open University - Business School

Damian Hodgson

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

John Storey

The Open University - Business School

Date Written: November 2012

Abstract

This paper examines the erosion of autonomy among research and development (R&D) engineers in a global information technology company and the ways in which they responded. Over a 14‐year period, we examine the changing regime of control as knowledge workers in this firm are increasingly subjected to increased project and portfolio management interventions. Drawing on extended interviews, we consider the propensity of such knowledge workers to challenge, subvert or else acquiesce to these enhanced control mechanisms. The idea of the project, we argue, plays a critical role in affording meaning and security and informing their responses.

Keywords: knowledge workers, R&D, project management, portfolio management, control

Suggested Citation

Gleadle, Pauline and Hodgson, Damian and Storey, John, ‘The Ground Beneath My Feet’: Projects, Project Management and the Intensified Control of R&D Engineers (November 2012). New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 163-177, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2167586 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-005X.2012.00286.x

Pauline Gleadle (Contact Author)

The Open University - Business School

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Damian Hodgson

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School ( email )

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John Storey

The Open University - Business School ( email )

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Milton Keynes MK6 7AA
United Kingdom

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