High Performance Work Systems and the End of Fun: A Great World of Work

34 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2010

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Heike Nolte

University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer

Silke Haschen

University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer

Date Written: December 3, 2010

Abstract

High Performance Work Systems are generally considered to have a positive impact on workers’ well-being. But is this actually the case? This classroom-material will discuss this question from the point of view of “End of Fun”, a controversial and widely-discussed book by Judith Mair (2003), claiming that traditional work systems provide a more beneficial work environment as well as better organizational performance. In order to do so, this presentation and the work sheets provide an introduction to High Performance Work Systems (HPWS) and discuss their components from the “End of Fun” perspective. In the process it gives an overview of the most important aspects of HWPS. This material is appropriate for advanced students of management. It complements the article “High Performance Work Systems and the End of Fun: Do High Performance Work Systems Provide a More Human Work Environment?” by the same authors, available on http://ssrn.com/abstract=1719403.

Keywords: High Performance Work Systems, Motivation, Information, Team Work, Decision Making, Selective Hiring, Status Distinction, Corporate Culture, Work Life Balance, Organizational Performance

JEL Classification: D21, D23, L20, L21, M12, M14, M19, M51, M52, M53, M54

Suggested Citation

Nolte, Heike and Haschen, Silke, High Performance Work Systems and the End of Fun: A Great World of Work (December 3, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1719767 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1719767

Heike Nolte (Contact Author)

University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer ( email )

Constantiaplatz 4
Emden, 26723
Germany

Silke Haschen

University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer ( email )

Constantiaplatz 4
Emden, 26723
Germany

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