Employed under different rules: The complexities of working across organizational boundaries

Jill Rubery*, Mick Marchington, Damian Grimshaw, Marilyn Carroll, Sarah Pass

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Citations (Scopus)


A major element of the transforming work debate is the spread of complex organizational forms. Hierarchical and strictly bounded employing organizations are said to be being replaced by fluid networks of organizations, working in partnership to achieve shared goals. Case studies of four co-production networks cast doubts on the extent to which employment hierarchies have lost salience. Inter-organizational relations are found to result not in the absence of hierarchies but in their overlapping, intertwining and fragmentation. These interactions raise problems of consistency and fairness within the employment relationship, particularly related to distributive justice, procedural justice and career development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-427
Number of pages15
JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009


  • Careers
  • Employment relationship
  • Hierarchy
  • HRM consistency
  • Inter-organizational relations
  • Networks

Cite this