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Workplaces in the cinema

Hudson, J 2009, 'Workplaces in the cinema' , Facilities, 27 (1/2) , pp. 34-43.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the representation of workplaces in the cinema and discuss its relevance to facilities management research. Design/methodology/approach – An analysis of representation of work and the workplace in three films is made. These are Metropolis (1927), Wall Street (1987) and Clerks (1994). Cross-case themes are then discussed. Findings – Although the three films are of different time periods and genres a number of common themes emerge. These include level of control over the work process, alienation from the product of work and social capital gained. This may have implications for how workplaces are perceived and interpreted. Analysis of representations of the workplace in popular culture may contribute to user-centred approaches to facilities management. Research limitations/implications – The study is limited to three films. A different choice might produce different results. Practical implications – Understanding representations of the workplace in popular culture may give insights into user responses to management actions. Originality/value – Although there is a research literature on the analysis of popular culture within organizational studies this has not been taken up by facilities management researchers. This paper explores the relevance of the analysis of an aspect of popular culture for facilities management.

Item Type: Article
Contributors: John, Hudson (Author)
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: Facilities
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0263-2772
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Depositing User: J Hudson
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2011 12:58
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:14

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