Chris Du Boulay

Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia


Faculty of Health and Human Sciences


Centre for the Development of Human Resources


DuBoulay, C. (1991). The potential for work redesign within contemporary organizations. Perth, Australia: Edith Cowan University.


Work redesign is not only important for the wellbeing of the employee, but it has also captured the imagination and zeal of some employers. Recent studies (Hendry, 1990 ; Cordery, Mueller & Smith, 1991) have indicated that employees become more positive and enthusiastic towards their jobs and employers experience gains in productivity. Over the years many people have examined the concept and need for work redesign (Hackman & Oldham, 1976; Galbraith, 1984; Pasmore, 1988). Concepts such as work simplification, job enrichment, job enlargement, socio-technical redesign, alternative work arrangements and quality of work life programmes have been introduced, developed and implemented. This paper seeks to ascertain the possibility of redesigning work in organizations, by examining instances where this has occurred, where it is occurring and where it could possibly occur.