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Work, families and organisations in transitionEuropean perspectives$
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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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Parents and organisational change: a cross-sector comparison of two Norwegian organisations

Parents and organisational change: a cross-sector comparison of two Norwegian organisations

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(p.130) (p.131) Nine Parents and organisational change: a cross-sector comparison of two Norwegian organisations
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Work, families and organisations in transition
Author(s):

Ann Nilsen

Sevil Sümer

Lise Granlund

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422200.003.0009

This chapter compares a private sector company and a social services organisation in Norway. The chapter illustrates the significance of developing a grounded approach in understanding the experience of change within specific organisations as a basis for exploring parents' gendered experiences of reconciling work and family life. The chapter also demonstrates that the discourses of change tend to be individualistic in a private sector organisation in contrast to the more relational focus in social services. In the study of the private company, the chapter draws out a number of subsidiary themes concerning the way the organisation influences and impacts on working parents.

Keywords:   private sector company, social services organisation, Norway, parents' gendered experiences, work, family life

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