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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Creative Labour

Working in the Creative Industries

ISBN 9780230222007
Publication Date March 2009
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment

Creative Labour provides an insight into the unique employment issues affecting workers in film, television, theatre, arts, music, radio and new media.

In the UK alone, more than 1 million people work in the creative industries, generating billions of pounds in exports each year. These workers have to contend with elastic working hours, employment and promotion uncertainty and vigorous competition for each role. Creative Labour offers a contemporary perspective on a fascinating area of study and a rapidly growing area in developed economies.

Key benefits:

• Grasp the realities of work behind the industry façade

• Evaluate real-life case-studies through a flexible, critical mindset

• Tailor your management decisions to the needs of creative staff

ALAN MCKINLAY is Professor of Management at the School of Management and Languages, Heriott-Watt University, UK. He was previously at the universities of St. Andrews, Glasgow and Stirling. His main research interests are in reinterpreting business history using the work of Michel Foucault, and the long-run dynamics of work processes and regulatory institutions. His books include: Ford and the Human Resource (1994) (with Ken Starkey); Foucault, Management and Organisation Theory (1998).

CHRIS SMITH is Professor of Organisational Studies at the School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London, UK. He was previously at the University of Aston, and has held visiting positions at the Universities of Hong Kong, Sydney, Wollongong and Griffith. His main research interests are in the sociology of professions, labour process theory, and the comparative analysis of work. He has been active in the organization of the International Labour Process Conference for many years, and has co-edited four books in the series. Other books include: Technical Workers (1987); Reshaping Work: The Cadbury Experience (1990) (with John Child and Michael Rowlinson); Engineering Labour (1996) (with Peter Meiksins); and Assembling Work: Remaking Factory Regimes in Japanese Multinationals in Britain (2005) (with Tony Elger); Remaking Management, between Global and Local (2008) (with Bredan McSweeney and Robert Fitzgerald). R>

Introduction: Labour Process Analysis and Creative Industries; C.Smith& A.McKinlay
Creative Labour: Contract, Content and Control; C.Smith& A.McKinlay
From Conception to Consumption: Creativity and the Missing Managerial Link; P.Thompson, M.Jones& C.Warhurst
Working in the Creative Economy Risk, Adaptation, and the Persistence of Exclusionary Networks; S.Christopherson
Film, Theatre and Television
Still a 'Perfect World for Capital'? K.Randle& N.Culkin
I Don't Know Where You Learn Them: Skills in Film and TV; I.Grugulis& D.Stoyanova
Bringing Creativity to Market: Actors as Self-Employed Employees; A.Haunschild& D.Eikhof
Making 'The Bits Between the Adverts: Management, Collective Bargaining and Work in Commercial Television, 1979-2005; A.McKinlay& B.Quinn
Situating New Media Production: San Francisco, 1995-2000; A.Pratt
Beyond the Hype: Working in the German Internet Industry; N.Mayer-Ahuja& H.Wolf
The Organisation of Creativity: Content, Contracts and Control in Swedish Interactive Media Production; F.Augustsson& Å.Sandberg.


This is an illuminating, thought provoking and enjoyable collection of essays.' -Paul Brook, Manchester Metropolitan University
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