Temporal flexibility and careers: The role of large-scale organizations for physicians

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

18 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This study investigates how employment in large-scale organizations affects the work lives of practicing physicians. Well-established theory associates larger organizations with bureaucratic constraint, loss of workplace control, and dissatisfaction, but this author finds that large scale is also associated with greater schedule and career flexibility. Ironically, the bureaucratic processes that accompany large-scale organization also allow for a reduction of patient demands on individual physicians, freeing those physicians to pursue other career activities or to fulfill family responsibilities. Large-scale organizations thus appear to represent a trade-off between workplace control and temporal flexibility, and many physicians appear to embrace this trade-off. The data come from surveys and interviews conducted in 2002. Implications extend to other professional and managerial labor markets in which client demands constrain schedules and careers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-104
Number of pages17
JournalIndustrial and Labor Relations Review
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

Fingerprint

Personnel
Physicians
Trade-offs
Work place
Schedule
Responsibility
Managerial labor markets
Professional labour markets
Dissatisfaction

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

Cite this

@article{e352029c7749461ba57c0e09e7c63e61,
title = "Temporal flexibility and careers: The role of large-scale organizations for physicians",
abstract = "This study investigates how employment in large-scale organizations affects the work lives of practicing physicians. Well-established theory associates larger organizations with bureaucratic constraint, loss of workplace control, and dissatisfaction, but this author finds that large scale is also associated with greater schedule and career flexibility. Ironically, the bureaucratic processes that accompany large-scale organization also allow for a reduction of patient demands on individual physicians, freeing those physicians to pursue other career activities or to fulfill family responsibilities. Large-scale organizations thus appear to represent a trade-off between workplace control and temporal flexibility, and many physicians appear to embrace this trade-off. The data come from surveys and interviews conducted in 2002. Implications extend to other professional and managerial labor markets in which client demands constrain schedules and careers.",
author = "Briscoe, {Forrest Scott}",
year = "2006",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/001979390606000105",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "60",
pages = "88--104",
journal = "ILR Review",
issn = "0019-7939",
publisher = "Cornell University",
number = "1",

}

Temporal flexibility and careers : The role of large-scale organizations for physicians. / Briscoe, Forrest Scott.

In: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 60, No. 1, 01.01.2006, p. 88-104.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Temporal flexibility and careers

T2 - The role of large-scale organizations for physicians

AU - Briscoe, Forrest Scott

PY - 2006/1/1

Y1 - 2006/1/1

N2 - This study investigates how employment in large-scale organizations affects the work lives of practicing physicians. Well-established theory associates larger organizations with bureaucratic constraint, loss of workplace control, and dissatisfaction, but this author finds that large scale is also associated with greater schedule and career flexibility. Ironically, the bureaucratic processes that accompany large-scale organization also allow for a reduction of patient demands on individual physicians, freeing those physicians to pursue other career activities or to fulfill family responsibilities. Large-scale organizations thus appear to represent a trade-off between workplace control and temporal flexibility, and many physicians appear to embrace this trade-off. The data come from surveys and interviews conducted in 2002. Implications extend to other professional and managerial labor markets in which client demands constrain schedules and careers.

AB - This study investigates how employment in large-scale organizations affects the work lives of practicing physicians. Well-established theory associates larger organizations with bureaucratic constraint, loss of workplace control, and dissatisfaction, but this author finds that large scale is also associated with greater schedule and career flexibility. Ironically, the bureaucratic processes that accompany large-scale organization also allow for a reduction of patient demands on individual physicians, freeing those physicians to pursue other career activities or to fulfill family responsibilities. Large-scale organizations thus appear to represent a trade-off between workplace control and temporal flexibility, and many physicians appear to embrace this trade-off. The data come from surveys and interviews conducted in 2002. Implications extend to other professional and managerial labor markets in which client demands constrain schedules and careers.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=37849187388&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=37849187388&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/001979390606000105

DO - 10.1177/001979390606000105

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:37849187388

VL - 60

SP - 88

EP - 104

JO - ILR Review

JF - ILR Review

SN - 0019-7939

IS - 1

ER -