Banking on flexibility: a comparison of the use of flexible employment strategies in the retail banking sector in Britain and France

O'Reilly, Jacqueline (1992) Banking on flexibility: a comparison of the use of flexible employment strategies in the retail banking sector in Britain and France. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 3 (1). pp. 33-58. ISSN 0958-5192

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Abstract

This paper examines the flexibility debate with reference to an empirical study conducted in the retail banking sector in Britain and France. The first part of this paper discusses the theoretical context within which this research was conducted and argues that the dichotomous categories formulated in previous debates are too simplistic to explain the diversity of employer rationales for developing flexibility. The second half examines the use of functional flexibility, temporary work, subcontracting and part-time work on the basis of evidence collected from the case studies in each country. The paper concludes that in order to examine employers' strategies and the comparative organization of work a wider perspective is required which not only takes account of business needs and developments, such as product market competition and new technology, but which also looks at the social and regulatory factors which affect the terms in which different labour arrangements can be used by employers in different countries.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 09:09
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2017 09:09
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/68609
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