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New Forms of Work and the High Performance Paradigm

New forms of work and the high performance paradigm


We can date the emergence of the high performance model to a series of studies published in the US in the mid-1990s (Appelbaum and Batt, 1994; Delery and Doty, 1996; Huselid, 1995; Ichniowski et al., 1997; MacDuffie, 1995; Osterman, 1994; Pfeffer, 1994). Their basic concern was to see whether new ways of organizing work and managing people were having an effect on the performance of organizations. For some, this represents a new research paradigm, in which more traditional institutional concerns are played down or neglected completely (Godard and Delaney, 2000). Others see it as a more natural reflection of the shift in the balance of power in the ...

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