Neo‐Bureaucratic Organisational Forms, Technology, Control and Contingent Work: The Case of UK TV

16 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2017

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Catherine Farrell

University of South Wales

Jonathan Morris

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

A feature in contemporary labour markets has been the growth of non‐standard work. This has to be set within a context of evolving new organisational forms and the ways that large organisations control these forms. Based on a qualitative study of freelance work in television, we have witnessed considerable vertical‐disintegration of the industry and a substantial growth of freelance working. Control over the network is maintained by employing former large broadcaster staff, and in turn their own preferred freelancers. This has significant implications for the nature of freelance work. While work is characterised as more insecure, generally the degree varies. This is based, in part, on occupation but also on access to social capital. Freelancers also reported a positive attitude to work, but more negative findings on working hours, work intensification and on related benefits.

Keywords: neo‐bureaucratic organisational forms, control, technological change, television, freelance work

Suggested Citation

Farrell, Catherine and Morris, Jonathan, Neo‐Bureaucratic Organisational Forms, Technology, Control and Contingent Work: The Case of UK TV (July 2017). New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp. 115-130, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3008928 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ntwe.12088

Catherine Farrell (Contact Author)

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Jonathan Morris

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