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Quality of Working Life: Some Issues in the Indian Context

Anil K. Sengupta
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 20, No. 48 (Nov. 30, 1985), pp. M150-M154
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4375055
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Quality of Working Life: Some Issues in the Indian Context
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Abstract

The paper argues that the concept of quality of working life is much more broad-based than what its promoters in India have tended to project. The concept encompasses within itself not only better designed jobs but also several other inter-related elements. Any attempt to improve quality of working life that overlooks this basic fact is bound to fail. The paper also argues that the question of improving the quality of working life in developing countries like India would have to be considered not in relation to only some selective aspects of the development process such as the type of technology or work organisation used but in relation to the entire strategy of development of these countries. The paper is divided into four sections. The first three sections discuss the meaning of the concept of quality of working life, the factors that gave rise to it in the post-industrial phase of the Western capitalist countries and also the arguments that have been advanced in favour of improving the quality of working life in developing countries particularly through work-redesign. The final section of the paper reviews the results of the experiments on work redesign in India and discusses the reasons for their failure.

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