Deskilling in the 21st Century: The case of rail privatisation

Bart Cole, Christine Cooper

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Abstract

This paper considers the impact of privatisation on the tacit knowledge and skills of the railway industry staff. It argues that while rail privatisation was consistent with the neo-liberal economic agenda, the particular form that it took in the UK in some ways exacerbated the loss of worker knowledge within the industry. Arguably, this loss of knowledge had an impact of safety. The form that the privatisation took was shaped by many factors including the activities of large accounting firms and advisors to government. However, accounting skills could have been used to enhance the safety of the industry.
LanguageEnglish
Pages601-625
Number of pages24
JournalCritical Perspectives On Accounting
Volume17
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

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  • rail privatisation
  • economic agenda
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Cole, Bart ; Cooper, Christine. / Deskilling in the 21st Century: The case of rail privatisation. In: Critical Perspectives On Accounting. 2006 ; Vol. 17, No. 5. pp. 601-625.
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