Uncomfortable Truths – Teamworking under Lean in the UK.
|dc.contributor.author||Smith, Andrew J.||*|
|dc.identifier.citation||Carter B, Danford A, Howcroft H, Richardson H, Smith A and Taylor P (2016) Uncomfortable Truths – Teamworking under Lean in the UK. International Journal of Human Resource Management. 28(3): 449-467.||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||This article responds to a recent contribution to this journal. Procter and Radnor (2014) provide an account of teamworking in the UK Civil Service, specifically Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which focuses on the relationship between recently implemented lean work organisation and teams and teamworking. This intervention is prompted by criticism of the present authors’ published research into lean in the same locus (e.g. Carter et al, 2011a; 2011b; 2013a; 2013b). Procter and Radnor claim, without foundation we argue, that our work is ‘one-sided’ and that theirs delivers a ‘more nuanced’ analysis of lean in this government department - and it follows - of the lean phenomenon more generally. Our riposte critiques their article on several grounds. Firstly, it suffers from problems of logic and construction, conceptual confusion and definitional imprecision. Methodological difficulties and inconsistent evidence contribute additionally to analytical weakness. Included in our response are empirical findings on teamworking at HMRC, which challenge Procter and Radnor’s evidential basis and further reveal the shortcomings of their interpretation.||en_US|
|dc.rights||© 2016 Taylor & Francis. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published by Taylor & Francis in the International Journal of Human Resource Management: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rijh20/current||en_US|
|dc.subject||Lean, Lean working, Teams, Teamworking, Targets, New public management, HMRC||en_US|
|dc.title||Uncomfortable Truths – Teamworking under Lean in the UK.||en_US|