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Title: 'Customers were not objects to suck blood from': Social relations in UK retail banks under changing performance management systems
Author(s): Laaser, Knut
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Issue Date: 9-Aug-2019
Citation: Laaser K (2019) 'Customers were not objects to suck blood from': Social relations in UK retail banks under changing performance management systems. Industrial Relations Journal p. 16.
Abstract: Utilising an analytical framework informed by a moral economy approach, this article examines the social relationships between bank workers and customers in the context of changing performance management. Informed by 46 in‐depth interviews with branch workers and branch managers from UK banks, this article focusses on the interplay of the pressures arising from an intensified and all‐encompassing performance management system and bank workers lay morality. The article seeks to analyse why one group of bank workers engages with customers in a primarily instrumental manner, while another group tends to mediate and engage in oppositional practices which aim to avoid such an instrumentalisation. The article argues that moral economy gives voice to the agency of workers and the critical concerns of the social, economic and moral consequences of market‐driven and purely profit‐oriented workplace regimes.
DOI Link: 10.1111/irj.12267
Rights: © 2019 The Authors. Industrial Relations Journal published by Brian Towers (BRITOW) and John Wiley & Sons Ltd This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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