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Exploring performance management in four UK trade unions (2016)
Journal Article
Thursfield, D., & Grayley, K. (2016). Exploring performance management in four UK trade unions. Employee relations, 38(5), 789-804. https://doi.org/10.1108/er-08-2015-0167

Purpose This article explores performance management in four UK trade unions. Specifically, the extent to which managers in the four unions accept or dismiss the unitarist, disciplinary and performative values that arguably characterise performance m... Read More

Culture, Wasta and perceptions of performance appraisal in Saudi Arabia (2016)
Journal Article
Al Harbi, S., Thursfield, D., & Bright, D. (2017). Culture, Wasta and perceptions of performance appraisal in Saudi Arabia. The international journal of human resource management, 28(19), 2792-2810. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2016.1138987

This article explores the relationship between Arabic culture and employees’ perceptions of performance appraisal in a Saudi Arabian company named SACO. Using an interpretive and qualitative methodological framework, the article suggests that Western... Read More

Resistance to teamworking in a UK research and development laboratory (2015)
Journal Article
Thursfield, D. (2015). Resistance to teamworking in a UK research and development laboratory. Work, employment & society : a journal of the British Sociological Association, 29(6), 989-1006. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017014559967

This article presents an ethnographic exploration of resistance to teamworking in a UK research and development laboratory named RDL. It focuses on the nature of autonomy and responsibility and the implications for resistance. It finds that resistanc... Read More

The social construction of professionalism among organizers and senior organizers in a UK trade union (2012)
Journal Article
Thursfield, D. (2012). The social construction of professionalism among organizers and senior organizers in a UK trade union. Work, employment & society : a journal of the British Sociological Association, 26(1), (128-144). doi:10.1177/0950017011426310. ISSN 0950-0170

This article identifies and explores the social construction of professionalism among organizers and senior organizers in the regional office of a UK trade union. The article argues that the social construction of professionalism is linked to servici... Read More

Managers' learning in a UK local authority: the political context of an in-house MBA (2008)
Journal Article
Thursfield, D. (2008). Managers' learning in a UK local authority: the political context of an in-house MBA. Management Learning, 39(3), (295-309). doi:10.1177/1350507608090878. ISSN 1350-5076

Public sector learning is often described as individualistic and operational. This article investigates an in-house MBA that was created explicitly to promote collective learning among managers in a UK local authority. The MBA was envisaged as an inn... Read More