O'Donohue, W and Nelson, L, Alienation: An old concept with contemporary relevance for human resource management, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 22, (3) pp. 301-316. ISSN 1934-8835 (2014) [Refereed Article]
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Design/methodology/approach: This is a paper in the tradition of critical theory that draws on both classical and modern research in the business and psychology literature. It outlines the development of the concept of alienation from its classic articulation by Marx through to the perspective offered by existential psychologists such as Blauner (1964). How alienation, thus, defined might manifest in the workplace is then discussed, as are its links to other concepts associated in the literature with positive and negative work experiences is presented.
Findings: We argue that alienation needs to be addressed at two levels, namely, at the systemic level, in terms of factors external to the individual such as work and organizational systems and processes, and in terms of factors internal to the individualís "state of mind". We offer strategies for management to consider counterbalancing the negative effects of residual feelings of powerlessness, meaninglessness, isolation and self-estrangement that systemic change is unable to eliminate.
Originality/value: The paper refocuses attention on the individual within the context of HRM, the effects of alienation and other outcomes of positive and negative work experiences such as work engagement and job burnout.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Human resource management, Work engagement, Employee well-being, Alienation|
|Research Division:||Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services|
|Research Group:||Business and Management|
|Research Field:||Human Resources Management|
|Objective Division:||Economic Framework|
|Objective Group:||Management and Productivity|
|Author:||Nelson, L (Dr Lindsay Nelson)|
|Deposited By:||Tasmanian School of Business and Economics|
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