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Excessive work regimes and functional stupidity

Alvesson, Mats LU and Einola, Katja LU (2018) In German Journal of Human Resource Management 32(3-4). p.283-296
Abstract

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.

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Functional stupidity, identity, motivation, professional services, work regimes, working hours
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German Journal of Human Resource Management
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32
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3-4
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283 - 296
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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2397-0022
DOI
10.1177/2397002218791410
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English
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  series       = {German Journal of Human Resource Management},
  title        = {Excessive work regimes and functional stupidity},
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