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The Effects of the Global Recession on the Work Restructuring Levels Of Managers in the South African Automotive Industry

Michelle Paddey, Gideon Gabriel Rousseau
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 14, No 3 | a9 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v14i3.9 | © 2011 Michelle Paddey, Gideon Gabriel Rousseau | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 May 2010 | Published: 25 August 2011

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Michelle Paddey, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Gideon Gabriel Rousseau, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

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The aim of this investigation was to examine the work restructuring levels of managers in the South African automotive industry and how these levels are affected by the global economic recession. Work restructuring was investigated from the perspective of the managers’ work and family involvement levels. Data was gathered using a questionnaire that was e-mailed to automotive industry managers throughout South Africa. Results showed that no significant gender differences occur for work involvement, family involvement or work restructuring. A practically significant, positive relationship exists between family involvement and work restructuring. Furthermore, family involvement levels were shown not to have decreased due to the economic recession. Recommendations for organisations include implementing a gender-neutral work-family policy to assist managers in restructuring their work to accommodate family responsibilities. 


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