Creative Labour: Working in the Creative Industries

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Alan McKinlay, Chris Smith
Macmillan Education UK, Jan 29, 2009 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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Creative Labour provides an insight into the unique employment issues affecting workers in film, television, theatre, arts, music, radio and new media.

In the UK alone, more than 1 million people work in the creative industries, generating billions of pounds in exports each year. These workers have to contend with elastic working hours, employment and promotion uncertainty and vigorous competition for each role. Creative Labour offers a contemporary perspective on a fascinating area of study and a rapidly growing area in developed economies.

Key benefits:

• Grasp the realities of work behind the industry façade

• Evaluate real-life case-studies through a flexible, critical mindset

• Tailor your management decisions to the needs of creative staff

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ALAN MCKINLAY is Professor of Management at the School of Management and Languages, Heriott-Watt University, UK. He was previously at the universities of St. Andrews, Glasgow and Stirling. His main research interests are in reinterpreting business history using the work of Michel Foucault, and the long-run dynamics of work processes and regulatory institutions. His books include: Ford and the Human Resource (1994) (with Ken Starkey); Foucault, Management and Organisation Theory (1998).

CHRIS SMITH is Professor of Organisational Studies at the School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London, UK. He was previously at the University of Aston, and has held visiting positions at the Universities of Hong Kong, Sydney, Wollongong and Griffith. His main research interests are in the sociology of professions, labour process theory, and the comparative analysis of work. He has been active in the organization of the International Labour Process Conference for many years, and has co-edited four books in the series. Other books include: Technical Workers (1987); Reshaping Work: The Cadbury Experience (1990) (with John Child and Michael Rowlinson); Engineering Labour (1996) (with Peter Meiksins); and Assembling Work: Remaking Factory Regimes in Japanese Multinationals in Britain (2005) (with Tony Elger); Remaking Management, between Global and Local (2008) (with Bredan McSweeney and Robert Fitzgerald). R>

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