The author has been stressing throughout the article about considering skill as a contributory factor in an individual’s well-being and not to be used as a means which most governments have been targeting towards. The author considers a holistic view of an individual life and that the sole end is to lead a balanced life managing work and personal life without having to succumb to any external pressure of using skills for acquiring wealth and economic progress (Casey, 2004).
The research also draws upon a question raised by Crotty (1998), who considers that all the selection of methodologies is proportional to the assumption about reality that the researcher brings into their work. This displays how the ontological and epistemological basis of Bryson’s research has been assuming specific assumptions which tend to force the reader to assume assumption based reality of life.
The author also uses and criticises the impact of modern capitalism on the governments’ policy decisions that it is only promoting skill as a means to meet the end capitalism is proposing for its own benefit and as its inherent demand. If these assumptions are interpreted and researched earlier by fellow colleagues, then it may be difficult to agree with the author’s conclusion (Hammersley, 2005). After all it is positive ontological interpretation that has worked well here in the favour of the author because the interpretation is considered from ontological, and epistemological perspective which are universally known to favour total well-being of individuals, and stresses the importance of achieving a balance in one’s personal and work life.
The author Bryson has tried to prove that the skill development and promotion policies of governments has been very narrow in its approach and vision, evident by their linking skill with the progression of economic progress and achieving a healthy economy. The author uses qualitative research added with a supportive interpretivist ontological approach to check the job attributes preferred by individual workers in New Zealand and finds that the job attributes popular such as freedom of choice and others are almost similar to the capability list prepared earlier. The research is an interesting one with proper dose of interpretation which makes the acceptance of conclusion almost undeniable.