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Transforming knowledge and skills: reconfiguring the productive system of a local authority

Jewson, NIck, Felstead, Alan, Fuller, Alison, Kakavelakis, Kostas and Unwin, Lorna 2007. Transforming knowledge and skills: reconfiguring the productive system of a local authority. [Working Paper]. Learning as Work Research Paper, vol. 10. Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Available at:

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This paper draws on the analytical framework offered by the concept of ‘productive systems’ which shifts attention away from examining sites of work as self-standing units to one which places them in a configuration of relationships. The concept is used in this paper to track how the introduction of a call centre can reconfigure knowledge and skills from one part of the system to another. The empirical evidence for the paper draws from a case study of a call centre which was set up as the primary access point to services provided by a local authority in the Midlands. The paper argues that the productive system perspective highlights the ways in which this call centre facilitated the rationalization of organizational procedures and practices in its back offices, while simultaneously promoting a degree of personalized service.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 August 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:49

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