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Flexibilitetens främlingar: - om anställda i bemanningsföretag
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
2008 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Temporary Work Agencies (TWAs) are an example of a trend towards flexibility in the labour market. By hiring staff from TWAs organisations can keep their staff numbers down. This however, refers to the client companies´ use or temps, and omits the intermediary, the TWA, which also needs various flexibility strategies in its activities.

The main purpose of this thesis is to study the organising of TWAs supply of manpower to different clients companies, and how managers and temps experience their terms of employment, working conditions and relationships with regular employees at the client companies.

Two qualitative case studies were conducted. In study one, interviews have been carried out with managers and temps in a TWA and a client company in Jämtland. In the second study, managers and temps in an international TWA in Sweden were interviewed.

The results show that both managers and temps work under complex conditions and demands on flexibility. The managers shall, by flexible prioritising, satisfy demands from the TWA on profitability, demands from client companies´ for an adaptable workforce and temps need of employment and community. The results also indicate that temps have to balance between a position as stranger and outsider, and handle insecurity of the assignments duration and spatial location. They have to be able to manoeuvre between the power inequalities, stigmatisation and exclusion they encounter in working conditions and social interactions in client companies. To handle such situations the ideal temp and manager have to be able to vary between distance and nearness in spatiality and indifference and involvement in social relations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008.
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 47
Keywords [en]
Temporary work agencies, employment relations, flexibility, stranger, outsider, numerical flexibility, inter-organisational, temps
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-189ISBN: 978-91-85317-88-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-189DiVA, id: diva2:1930
Public defence
2008-04-11, O111, Holmgatan 10, Sundsvall, 10:30 (English)
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Supervisors
Available from: 2008-03-13 Created: 2008-03-13 Last updated: 2008-12-02Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Bemanningsföretag - en möjlighet för vem?
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bemanningsföretag - en möjlighet för vem?
2004 (Swedish)In: Företagande och gemenskap: små företags kultur, samverkan och konkurrens, Stockholm: Arbetslivsintitutet , 2004, p. 149-168Chapter in book (Other scientific)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Arbetslivsintitutet, 2004
Series
Arbetsliv i omvandling, ISSN 1404-8426 ; 2004:7
Keywords
bemanningsföretag, arbetsförhållanden, anställningsformer, tillhörighet, kärna och periferi
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-5617 (URN)1438 (Local ID)91-7045-713-1 (ISBN)1438 (Archive number)1438 (OAI)
Available from: 2008-11-30 Created: 2008-11-29 Last updated: 2008-11-30Bibliographically approved
2. I skärningspunkten mellan motstridiga krav och intressen: om ledarskap i bemanningsföretag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>I skärningspunkten mellan motstridiga krav och intressen: om ledarskap i bemanningsföretag
2006 (Swedish)In: Arbetsliv i omvandling, ISSN 1404-8426, Vol. 9, p. 5-31Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Arbetslivsinstitutet, 2006
Keywords
bemanningsföretag
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-6018 (URN)4518 (Local ID)91-7045-796-4 (ISBN)4518 (Archive number)4518 (OAI)
Available from: 2008-11-30 Created: 2008-11-29 Last updated: 2011-11-27Bibliographically approved
3. Flexibilitetens villkor och konsekvenser inom bemanningsföretag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Flexibilitetens villkor och konsekvenser inom bemanningsföretag
2007 (Swedish)In: Nordiske organisasjonsstudier, ISSN 1501-8237, Vol. 9, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-319 (URN)
Available from: 2008-11-30 Created: 2008-11-29 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
4. Temporary agency workers´ social surfing: Switching between stranger and outsider
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Temporary agency workers´ social surfing: Switching between stranger and outsider
(English)Manuscript (Other academic)
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-321 (URN)
Note
submitted to Work, Employment & Society,ISSN 1469-8722Available from: 2008-12-08 Created: 2008-12-08 Last updated: 2010-01-14Bibliographically approved

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