ABSTRACT

Looking at employment through the lens of i-deals allows us to appreciate the myriad details and nuances that the individuality of workers brings to the employment relationship. This reality is at odds with the top-down view of firms espoused by many practitioners and organizational scholars. Note that i-deals are not a bottom-up phenomenon either. Rather, they are interactive, emerging from individuals in work groups interacting with firm-representing managers, the multiplex wellsprings of the employment relationship. This interplay compels a more complex view of employment than standard theory and management practice tend to acknowledge.