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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Cochran, Jonathan Patrick
Author's Email Address jonathan.p.cochran@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-12032008-130624
Title Sometimes you can’t make it on your own: work arrangements and co-worker relations
Degree Master of Arts
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Daniel B. Cornfield Committee Chair
Jennifer C. Lena Committee Member
Steven J. Tepper Committee Member
  • economy
  • labor
  • contingent
  • relations
  • co-worker
  • economics
  • occupations
  • organziations
  • work
  • arrangements
  • sociology of work
Date of Defense 2008-09-17
Availability unrestricted
In this paper, I examine the relationship that exists between work arrangements and co-worker relations. The current literature does not posit any kind of connection between the way workers do their work and how they relate to their co-workers. The research conducted here finds through regression modeling of 2002 GSS data that jobs where worker autonomy is encouraged through increased individual decision making and setting of the way things are done have a negative impact on co-worker relations. However, this negative impact can be lessened when uncertainty, through knowledge of promotion procedures and a smooth-running workplace, is controlled for. Work arrangements that encourage worker autonomy through flexibility can have negative effects on both co-worker relations and the individual’s connection to their job. This paper calls for more research regarding the work arrangements and co-worker relations relationship and its connection to the modern workplace and current economic circumstances.
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