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Suzan Lewis, Julia Brannen, and Ann Nilsen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422200

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422200.001.0001

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Comparing flexible working arrangements across organisational contexts

Comparing flexible working arrangements across organisational contexts

(p.167) Eleven Comparing flexible working arrangements across organisational contexts
Work, families and organisations in transition

Ann Nilsen

Suzan Lewis

Julia Brannen

Policy Press

This chapter is divided in two parts, with a central focus on parents' need for flexible working arrangements in order effectively and efficiently to manage their everyday lives. The first part of the chapter discusses organisational change in public sector social services and in private sector for-profit companies. The discussion in the first part takes as its point of departure some of the aspects of change in the social services case studies in the book. These receive comparative attention and a ‘secondary’ analysis of these highlights some of the pitfalls of assuming cross-national similarity within a single sector. The second part of the chapter explores private sector organisations, with reference to how issues raised by this sector's more exposed position in the global market affects working parents' experiences of both national and workplace policies.

Keywords:   parents, flexible working arrangements, organisational change, public sector, private sector, global market, national policies, workplace policies

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