The social construction of market relationships in the British temporary work industry

Bignoux, Stephane (2014) The social construction of market relationships in the British temporary work industry. In: BAM2014: British Academy of Management Conference: The Role of the Business School in Supporting Economic and Social Development, 09-11 Sept 2014, Belfast Waterfront, Northern Ireland.

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Abstract

Inter-firm relationships between temporary work agencies and clients have recently been under academic scrutiny due to the problems associated with their construction and governance. The problems centre on imbalances of power within the supply chain. Clients are now imposing new forms of contracting on agencies that appear on the surface to advantage agencies but in reality advantage clients. Using a socio-constructionist lens, the article theorises that small to medium sized agencies can alter market forces using outcome, cultural and normative controls and competence trust. The aim of the control attempt is to improve agency performance. The article theorises that market forces are malleable to the actions of weak small to medium sized firms. These conceptual findings are encapsulated in a testable model for future researchers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 24511
Notes on copyright: Authors of papers submitted to, and presented at, the Conference retain the rights to their individual paper. The full text is reproduced in this repository with permission of British Academy of Management.
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Depositing User: Stephane Bignoux
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 09:39
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2019 01:21
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/24511

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