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Learning, knowing and controlling the stock: the nature of employee discretion in a supermarket chain

Fuller, Alison and Kakavelakis, Konstantinos and Felstead, Alan and Jewson, Nick and Unwin, Lorna (2009) Learning, knowing and controlling the stock: the nature of employee discretion in a supermarket chain. Journal of Education and Work, 22 (2). pp. 105-120. ISSN 1363-9080

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Abstract

This paper explores the nature of the relationship between Head Office and stores in a large British supermarket chain. It focuses on the role played by a range of technological tools available for managing the stock and connecting different parts of the productive system and the implications this has for employee learning in stores. The evidence illustrates the dual role of artefacts in making possible long-distance control from Head Office, on the one hand, at the same time as opening up spaces for local discretion and intervention, on the other. Accordingly, the paper also shows how the relation between the organisational centre and the periphery gives rise to different types of skills and expertise, providing the basis for a potentially expansive learning environment at the level of the store.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: productive systems, learning, knowing, supermarkets, discretion, workplace
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > International and Lifelong Education
IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 12:25
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 14:56
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