The author has spent forty years working on the twin themes of the practice of social science in organizations and the importance of work and work organization. Papers on the first of these were published as Working Across the Gap (catalogue number 20169). This volume brings together papers covering the second theme, the meaning and organization of work. After a historical introduction, the book has five sections: Making the case; Two pieces of research, separated by forty years; Five examples of action research and consultancy activities on work organization; Working with other professions that influence the design of jobs; Reflections on the implications for institutions and policy.
Lisl Klein Ph.D. worked in industry, on the shop floor and in personnel management, before moving into organization research. From 1965 to 1970 she was Social Sciences Adviser in Esso Petroleum Company Ltd and, from 1971 to 1989, senior social scientist in the Tavistock Institute. She founded the Bayswater Institute in 1990. Lisl passed away peacefully in December 2015.