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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Welcome to the House of Fun: Work Space and Social Identity
Author(s): Baldry, Christopher
Hallier, Jerry
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Keywords: commitment
organisational culture
Working environment
Work environment
Corporate culture
Organizational behavior
Personnel management
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Date Deposited: 8-Feb-2011
Citation: Baldry C & Hallier J (2010) Welcome to the House of Fun: Work Space and Social Identity. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 31 (1), pp. 150-172.;
Abstract: Following the diffusion of HRM as the dominant legitimating managerial ideology, some employers have started to see the built working environment as a component in managing organisational culture and employee commitment. A good example is where the work space is designed to support a range of officially encouraged ‘fun’ activities at work. Drawing on recent research literature and from media reports of contemporary developments, this paper explores the consequences of such developments for employees’ social identity formation and maintenance, with a particular focus on the office and customer service centre. Our analysis suggests that management’s attempts to determine what is deemed fun may not only be resented by workers because it intrudes on their existing private identities but also because it seeks to re-shape their values and expression.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0143831X09351215
Rights: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Volume 31, Issue 1, 2010, © SAGE Publications, Inc. / Department of Economic History, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2010 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Economic and Industrial Democracy page: on SAGE Journals Online:

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