Organizational paradigms of reduced-load work: Accommodation, elaboration, and transformation

Lee Mary Dean, Shelley M. MacDermid, Michelle L. Buck

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This study examines variation in organizational responses to part-time work arrangements among professionals and managers. Analyses of over 350 interviews generated three paradigms of differences in ways organizations implemented and interpreted reduced-load work: accommodation, elaboration, and transformation. The paradigms can be viewed as representing firms' proclivity to engage in organizational learning by using individual cases of reduced-load work as opportunities for learning new ways of working and new possibilities for core business priorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1211-1226
Number of pages16
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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