© 2015

Working Time, Knowledge Work and Post-Industrial Society

Unpredictable Work


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Aileen O’Carroll
    Pages 71-97
  3. Aileen O’Carroll
    Pages 98-124
  4. Aileen O’Carroll
    Pages 125-148
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 149-183

About this book


We are living in the age of imagination and communication. This book, about the new ways time is experienced and organised in post-industrial workplaces, argues that the key feature of working time within knowledge, and other workplaces, is unpredictability, creating a culture that seeks to insert acceptance of unpredictability as a new 'standard'.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Maynooth UniversityIreland

About the authors

Aileen O'Carroll is Manager of the Irish Qualitative Data Archive which is based at National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), Ireland. At NUIM she is also attached to the Life History and Social Change project. Previously she conducted research on the experience of women IT workers at the Employment Research Center in Trinity College Dublin, and on the oral history of dock workers in Dublin while based in the Social Science Research Centre in University College Dublin.

Bibliographic information


“Working Time offers important theoretical and empirical insights into how employers and highly skilled ‘knowledge’ workers bargain over the management of time, both in and out of the office. The book will help readers better understand why technology is not delivering the promised goods in the workplace and why superior alternative arrangements are badly needed.” (Matías D. Scaglione, Work, employment and society, Vol. 31 (6), 2018)