New paper: Empirical study on “the voluntary precariat in the value chain” – home-based garment production in Turkey

“This article explores the organizational characteristics and distinctive settings of the labour process of home-based garment work in the context of embedded control and consent relations in local garment productions in Turkey. Using Turkey as the case example of a garment export country in the global economy, the article explores the nature and organization of home-based piecework at the micro level within a broader global garment production chains perspective. Conducted in two Turkish cities, the study analyses the different cultural backgrounds of female workers and two distinct types of work, namely hand stitching and machine sewing of garments. The findings highlight the relationship between the cultural backgrounds of workers and the different types of work they undertake with control and consent practices as well as the patriarchal societal structure and relations in the context of local labour control regimes.”

Source: Tartanoğlu, Şafak (2017): The voluntary precariat in the value chain. The hidden patterns of home-based garment production in Turkey. In: Competition & Change. DOI: 10.1177/1024529417745475.

New paper: Empirical study on rhetoric and institutionalization of managerial practices in two German banks

“This paper analyzes how rhetoric is associated with the legitimation and institutionalization of managerial practices. Since rhetoric both shapes and reflects an actor’s legitimacy assumptions, rhetoric can be used as an indicator of the institutionalization or cognitive legitimacy of managerial practices. Drawing on and expanding previous research on rhetorical theory and verbal accounts, this paper links argumentation structure and form with processes of institutionalization. The empirical analysis draws on a large text corpus of data from two German banks, both of which implemented drastic downsizing measures. The results show that the process of institutionalization is related to both a decline in argument diversity and a shift from defensive to acclaiming arguments.”

Source: Hossfeld, H. (2018). Legitimation and institutionalization of managerial practices. The role of organizational rhetoric. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 34(1), 9-21. You may find the articel here:

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Datenreport 2016

“Datenreport 2016: Sozial­bericht für Deutschland. Der Datenreport ist ein Sozialbericht, der von der Bundes­zentrale für politische Bildung zusammen mit dem Statistischen Bundesamt, dem Wissenschafts­zentrum Berlin und dem Sozio-oekonomischen Panel des Deutschen Instituts für Wirtschafts­forschung herausgegeben wird.Er kombiniert Daten der amtlichen Statistik mit denen der Sozial­forschung und schafft ein umfassendes Bild der Lebens­verhältnisse und der Einstellungen der Menschen in Deutschland.” (Quelle und Download als PDF hier: Datenreport – Statistisches Bundesamt (Destatis))