Excessive work regimes and functional stupidity

Mats Alvesson, Katja Einola

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In order to understand why individuals accept and reproduce excessive time regimes, this paper addresses five key drivers: (1) intrinsic motivation, (2) extrinsic motivation, (3) organizational norms, (4) the principle of reciprocity, and (5) identity, including having the ‘true grit’ and belonging to the ‘elite’. It also points to how various elements in excessive work regimes – tendencies towards a closed occupational system, the combination of incentives and ego-boosting and limited time outside work – contribute to functional stupidity, making people disinclined to ask critical questions about work practices and norms, be self-reflective or imagine alternative forms of work organizations, careers or personal objectives.
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftGerman Journal of Human Resource Management
Sidor (från-till)283-296
Antal sidor14
StatusPublicerad - 01.08.2018
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


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  • AoS: Ansvarsfull organisering


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