Downsizing and deknowledging the firm

Littler, Craig R. and Innes, Peter (2003) Downsizing and deknowledging the firm. Work, Employment and Society, 17 1: 73-100. doi:10.1177/0950017003017001263

Author Littler, Craig R.
Innes, Peter
Title Downsizing and deknowledging the firm
Journal name Work, Employment and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0950-0170
Publication date 2003-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0950017003017001263
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 73
End page 100
Total pages 28
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject 1503 Business and Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
150306 Industrial Relations
150305 Human Resources Management
Abstract Organizations in many OECD economies have undergone a decade of downsizing, restructuring and transition. For example, workforce reductions were a dominant feature of firm behaviour in Australia throughout the 1990s. These wide-ranging organizational transitions are expected to continue. What do the new organizational forms and new job structures mean in relation to skill trends? This article examines the changing paradigms for understanding long-term skill change and assesses their relevance by empirically examining the relationship between downsizing, deskilling/upskilling and contingent labour use in larger firms. The analysis is based on a comprehensive, longitudinal data set of 4153 companies. A key finding is that downsizing was used as a vehicle for a different form of `deskilling' across the 1990s. Alongside the `knowledge organization', there are processes of deknowledging the firm.
Keyword Downsizing
Knowledge organization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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