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The Sociology of Job Training Vol: 12

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16 Oct 2003
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
328 pages - 156 x 234 x 19mm
Research in the Sociology of Work


How workers learn how to do their jobs is central to an understanding of the changing nature of work in post-industrial society. The role of job or worker training has, however, been underdeveloped in sociological theories of work and the labor market. By most accounts, the ongoing penetration of information technology into the workplace, a transformed socioeconomic lifecourse, managerial preferences for high performance organizations, and the globalization of labour markets have collectively rendered traditional models of skill acquisition badly outmoded. This volume offers sophisticated sociological analyses of job training that go well beyond standard accounts of general versus specific skills and overly simple assumptions about employer and worker behaviour. The chapters examine such topics as the incentives available to employers to provide training, socially structured inequalities in access to training, and cross-societal differences in training institutions. They break new ground in investigating the content of job training as well as its incidence and duration. The contributors to the volume bring to bear both qualitative case study and quantitative research to explore the emerging role of training in post-industrial labor markets.
Reassessing the core assumptions of human capital theory - beyond general and specific skills -Fattenin' frogs for snakes? company investments in job skills training, D. Knoke, Song Yang; Hiring and training in Korean establishments - do employers substitute making for buying?, Wonsup Chang; regulating affective labor - communication skills training in the health care industry, A.M. Ducey et al; what skills to train? an institutional analysis of training consulting organizations, Xiaowei Luo; job training as business and community development - reframing theory and practice, M.E. Boyle, J. Boguslaw. Inducing employers to provide skills - the connection between training policies and investment in general skills, L. Cruz-Castro, G. Conlon; vocational training and the transition to the first job in Germany - new risks at labor market entry?, D. Konietzka; "Voluntarily put themselves in harm's way" - the 'bait-and-switch' of safety training in the construction industry, K. Paap. Training and persistent inequalities - job training for women leaving welfare - assessing interest in nontraditional employment, C. Negrey et al; contextual analysis of company job training - an investigation of the 1996 national organizations survey, Song Yang; the effects of age group, technology, and social policy on adult women's training participation, P.A. Simpson, L.K. Stroh.

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