Understanding Time in Context: Shift Work in a Precast Concrete Factory

24 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2014

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Conxita Folguera

ESADE Business School

Laura Lamolla

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia)

Date Written: October 29, 2014

Abstract

This paper analyses the understanding of time in shift work systems and the consequences for employability and work-life balance. We use the case study method to examine an unusual case of shift work within the framework of a specific social and cultural context. A shift system in a factory in the construction industry resulted in productivity gains for the company and, contrary to what most research on shift systems reports, produced work-life balance benefits for employees. The system has been in operation for 14 years and has provided jobs for a population otherwise excluded from the labour market.

Keywords: shift work system, work organisation, work-life balance, time

JEL Classification: D61, D63

Suggested Citation

Folguera, Conxita and Lamolla, Laura, Understanding Time in Context: Shift Work in a Precast Concrete Factory (October 29, 2014). ESADE Business School Research Paper No. 257. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2516359

Conxita Folguera (Contact Author)

ESADE Business School ( email )

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Barcelona, 08034
Spain

Laura Lamolla

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia) ( email )

Tibidabo Av. 39-43
08035 Barcelona, Barcelona 08035
Spain

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