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Partizipation, Arbeitszufriedenheit und Belastung von Unternehmensberatern. Empirische Befunde zu den Auswirkungen der Arbeit in wissensintensiven Arbeitsformen (Participation, Job Satisfaction and Stress among Management Consultants. Empirical Findings on the Effects of Work in Knowledge-intensive Employment Forms)


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  • Bernd Kriegesmann
  • Frank Striewe
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    Partizipatives Management gilt nicht laenger nur als „humaner“ Gegenentwurf zu den restriktiven Arbeitsbedingungen tayloristischer Praegung, sondern ist mittlerweile zentraler Gegenstand eines neuen Managementverstaendnisses. Bei aller „Partizipationseuphorie“ deuten vereinzelte empirische Befunde jedoch auf eine Reihe von Problemen fuer die Beschaeftigten hin. Neben neuen Belastungen wird auch eine weitgehende Entgrenzung von Berufs- und Privatleben konstatiert. Welche Konsequenzen fuer die Beschaeftigten mit partizipativen Managementformen verbunden sind, ist bislang quantitativ-empirisch weitgehend ungeklaert. Daher wird im vorliegenden Beitrag der Zusammenhang zwischen Partizipation, Arbeitszufriedenheit und Belastung in wissensintensiven Arbeitsformen am Beispiel von Beschaeftigten in Beratungsunternehmen untersucht. Die Ergebnisse zeigen, dass mit direkten partizipativen Arbeitsformen vielfach eine Extensivierung und Intensivierung von Arbeit einhergeht. (Participative management is no longer only a “humane” alternative to restrictive “tayloristic” working conditions but has become a central subject of new management theories. However, in spite of the “participation euphoria” some empirical findings have already indicated problems for employees resulting from these organizational changes. Above all they will increasingly suffer from new strains, excessive demands and stress as well as from spillovers between their professional and private life. Furthermore, there have been few empirical studies so far on the consequences of participative management on employees. In our study we have evaluated primary statistical data – on management consultants – to find out if there is a connection between participation, job satisfaction and stress in new organizational forms. The results show that direct participative work forms entail often highly intensified work.)

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    Article provided by Rainer Hampp Verlag in its journal Industrielle Beziehungen.

    Volume (Year): 17 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 73-101

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    Handle: RePEc:rai:indbez:doi_10.1688/1862-0035_indb_2010_01_kriegesmann

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