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Title: Cold comfort firm : Lean organisation and the empirical mirage of the comfort zone
Authors: Corbett, Martin
First Published: 22-Oct-2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Culture and Organization, 2013, 19 (5), pp. 413-429
Abstract: This paper examines the provenance of the ‘comfort zone’ and argues that the claimed organisational and psychological benefits associated with moving outside this zone are illusory and unsupported by empirical evidence. Indeed, it will be suggested that such rhetoric, and the lean management practices it has informed, is based on a misreading of the theoretical models and findings from which it is derived. It is argued that this misreading reinforces a style of management based on the deliberate inducement of stress amongst employees in lean organisations. The paper concludes by considering if, how, and what employees might be able to recover from this double bind.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14759551.2013.815619
ISSN: 1475-9551
eISSN: 1477-2760
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013, Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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