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This programme is part of a pair which look at the work of two French Sociologists, Dr. Dominique Monjardet and Dr. Georges Benguigui, of the National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS), University ...of Paris, conducting a cross-cultural comparative study of management in English and French firms. In this particular programme we look at the two sociologists interviewing the production chain from charge hand to Managing Director in a biscuit factory in Blackpool. Students are asked to observe the methods and methodology of the two French sociologists in considerable detail. They are also asked in each programme to observe the difference it makes to an interviewer when he is using his mother tongue, as opposed to a foreign language.
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Module code and title: D207, An introduction to sociology
Item code: D207; 06
First transmission date: 06-09-1981
Published: 1981
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Duration: 00:24:04
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Producer: Ken Patton
Contributors: Peter Hamilton; Dominique Monjardet; Georges Benguigui
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): England; Sociology; Work; Cake factory; Factory work
Footage description: Shots of Blackpool. Peter Hamilton gives some background information on the research project being conducted by Georges Benguigui and Dominique Monjardet. Shots of cakes on the production line. The first section of the programme shows Benguigui and Monjardet interviewing staff from the cake factory, establishing job titles and descriptions of their work. In the next section Benguigui and Monjardet are shown asking about hierarchies within the factory, the level of supervision within the factory and what changes could be introduced into the production process. Shots of work on the production line. Benguigui is shown in a long sequence asking the factory's director about the allocation of his work time. Monjardet asks about staff views on responsibility for production and problems of overlapping responsibilities within the factory. Finally the researchers ask about methods and standards of production, the good and bad points of the factory's operations and the role of the Unions within the factory.
Production number: FOUD089X
Videofinder number: 35
Available to public: no