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Human Resource Management and the Permeable Organization: The Case of the Multi-Client Call Centre

By C. Irena Grugulis, F.L. Cooke, J. Rubery and M. Carroll

Abstract

NoDespite the interest over recent years in the fragmentation of organizations and the development of contracting, little attention has been paid to the impact of the associated inter-organizational relationships on the internal organization of employment. Inter-organizational relations have been introduced primarily as a means of externalizing - and potentially rendering invisible - employment issues and employment relations. In a context where inter-organizational relationships appear to be growing in volume and diversity, this constitutes a significant gap in the literature that this paper in part aims to fill. The purpose of the paper is two-fold: to develop a framework for considering the internal and external organizational influences on employment and to apply this framework within a case study of a multi-client outsourcing call centre. We explore the interactions between internal objectives, client demands and the use of external contracting in relation to three dimensions of employment policy: managing the wage-effort bargain, managing flexibility and managing commitment and performance. It is the interplay between these factors in a dynamic context that provides, we suggest, the basis for a more general framework for considering human resource policy in permeable organizations

Topics: Human Resource Management, Multi-Client call Centres, Inter organizational relationships, Employment relationships, Call Centres
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/2845
Provided by: Bradford Scholars
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