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Volume 49, Supplement 2

  • The “steering state” model : The emergence of a new organizational form in the French Public Administration - P. Bezes

    Philippe Bezes
    Centre d’études et de recherches de sciences administratives et politiques (CERSA), CNRS–université Paris-2, 10, rue Thénard, 75005 Paris, France
    Available online 21 December 2007 on ScienceDirect
    doi:10.1016/j.soctra.2007.10.002
    Abstract
    Since the 1990s, a new organizational form of the administrative system in France has been steadily redefining relations between central administrations and local units of the state. Labelled “the steering state” or the “managerial state”, this new paradigm hinges on separating the strategic functions of steering and controlling the state (...)

  • The local-global firm : Lyonnaise des Eaux, 1980–2004 - D. Lorrain

    Dominique Lorrain
    Centre d’études des mouvements sociaux, CNRS-EHESS, 54, boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris, France
    Available online 21 December 2007 on ScienceDirect
    doi:10.1016/j.soctra.2007.10.004
    Abstract
    This article describes the policy of internationalization conducted by Lyonnaise des Eaux (renamed Suez) and it focuses on the internal transformations during the period from 1980 to 2004 : the stages in these changes, the organizational characteristics and the principles that were applied. The central argument is to consider that this company has, over the period, designed a new (...)

  • A generation clash or organisational conflict ? “Two trains arunning - N. Flamant

    Nicolas Flamant
    Laboratoire d’anthropologie des institutions et des organisations sociales (LAIOS), UPR 9037, 54, boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris, France
    Available online 21 December 2007 on ScienceDirect
    doi:10.1016/j.soctra.2007.10.003
    Abstract
    In a railway marshaling yard, relations between the two principal age-groups (employees in their fifties and young, recent hires) are very tense. Various persons set this down to an obvious generation clash. By observing on-the-job situations, we come to see how these tensions tie in with a reorganization of work that occurred when the (...)

  • Cashiers’ work-time : Between a productivity mentality and a service mentality - S. Bernard

    Sophie Bernard
    Institutions et dynamiques de l’économie, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Maison Max-Weber, université Paris-X, 200, avenue de-la-République, 92000 Nanterre, France
    Available online 21 December 2007 on ScienceDirect
    doi:10.1016/j.soctra.2007.10.001
    Abstract
    At first sight, the work-time put in by cashiers at checkout counters seems homogeneous, continuous and repetitive. An empirical study of hypermarket cashiers in France shows, on the contrary, that the time spent working is relatively discontinuous and diversified. It is similar to the time on the job (...)