In recent years there has been widespread discussion\ud concerning the purported shift away from Taylorism towards a\ud new production paradigm premised upon techniques of highperformance\ud management (HPM). This paper argues that in\ud seeking to capture the essence of the phenomenon\ud commentators typically privilege different aspects of the\ud management function. For example, some emphasise the\ud importance of task formulation while others focus heavily on\ud the management of human resources. Drawing on recent work\ud by Bélanger et al. (2002) it is argued that any construct needs\ud to be to be understood as a composite covering three discrete\ud but related spheres: production management, work\ud organisation and employee relations. The paper then moves on\ud to consider the principal theoretical debates surrounding the\ud emergent model; namely, the compatibility of HPM with neoliberal\ud orthodoxy; the impact of HPM on productivity; and,\ud finally, the implications of HPM vis-à-vis employees. The\ud paper concludes that there is a need for the development of\ud more refined analytical tools and similarly the excavation of\ud data more sensitive to potential sectoral dynamics
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