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Expanding Gouldner's Theory of Patterns of Industrial Bureaucracy: Looking Back and Moving Forward.

Chand, Anand (2017) Expanding Gouldner's Theory of Patterns of Industrial Bureaucracy: Looking Back and Moving Forward. Social Indicators Research, TBC . TBC. ISSN 303-8300

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        Abstract

        Although there is adequate literature on the topic of state-employer collusion, this literature is barely underpinned in any theoretical framework. This article attempts to fill this theoretical lacuna by revisiting Gouldner’s (Patterns of industrial bureaucracy: a case study of modern factory administration, pioneering theoretical framework on patterns of bureaucracy, and extends his concept of mock bureaucracy to develop a new concept called ‘mock state bureaucracy’ to illustrate state employer collusion in controlling workers in plants in developing third world economies. The article revisits and extends Gouldner’s (1954a) unit of analysis from the ‘firm’ level to the ‘state’ level and argues that the new concept mock state bureaucracy provides a better illustration of the state-employer collusion. The article argues that both ‘state’ and ‘employer’ are important units of analysis and they should be brought back to the centre stage of any discourse on employment relations of developing countries.

        Item Type: Journal Article
        Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
        Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Management and Public Administration
        Depositing User: Anand Chand
        Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 10:06
        Last Modified: 22 May 2017 10:06
        URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9803
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