Dilemmas of Owners and Workers in a Risk Society (2009)

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The paper examines perceptions of risk among employees and employers in small information technology (IT) firms. The authors point to an environment of growing insecurity about unemployment, underemployment and the future of pension plans. Specifically, they investigate what meaning workers attach to risks borne to support the viability of the firm.

The authors analyse data collected from IT owners and workers in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their analysis shows that owners, managers and employees all worry a great deal about the future of the firm, with employees also worrying about other job-related issues, including whether they can compete in the job market.

The authors note that employees and employers adopt an entrepreneurial team-based firm culture to manage firm risks.

The authors include an explanation of their methodology, which involved a web survey completed by more than 400 respondents and qualitative data obtained from selected respondents.

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Julie Ann McMullin, Victor W. Marshall, Tammy Duerden Comeau and Catherine Gordon. Dilemmas of Owners and Workers in a Risk Society 2009. Web. 26 Jan. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/society/society.pdf>
Julie Ann McMullin, Victor W. Marshall, Tammy Duerden Comeau & Catherine Gordon (2009). Dilemmas of Owners and Workers in a Risk Society. Retrieved January 26, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/society/society.pdf
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