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Chapter 2: Re-Theorizing Human Resource ... > THE DISCIPLINED WORKER THESIS: THE P... - Pg. 26

Re-Theorizing Human Resource Management and Human Resource Management in Context of what accounts for qualitative and calculative business success. This should be borne in mind and will be discussed further in subsequent sections 6 . THE DISCIPLINED WORKER THESIS: THE POST- STRUCTURAL PERSPECTIVE So far the concept of HRM as a means to becom- ing a model of organizational effectiveness and success has been introduced. However, diverse and contradictory considerations exist in respect of HRM as a concept and its style. In other words, not all intellectual HRM researchers follow the same lines of thought. Recent decades have seen a resurgence of interest in the potential contribution of HRM to critical management and organizational studies. This view goes back to a broader base and trend in cultural theory in which Ray (1986) and regulate the practical consciousness and argu- ably, the unconscious strivings, of employees." Here the task of managers is no longer restricted to bureaucratic and normative forms of control but determines and manufactures how employ- ees should think and feel about what they do in their day-to-day practice at work. Or, as Willmott (1993, p. 520) goes on to argue, employees are concurrently required "to recognise and take responsibility for the relationship between the security of their employment and their contribution to the competitiveness of the goods and services that they produce." In this way, the productive person is systematically invited, and legitimately induced, to become "tied to his [sic] own identity by a conscience or self-knowledge" (Foucault, 1982, p. 781). Here is the basic departure of concepts like HRM from humanistic management theories towards the "disciplined worker thesis" even