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The Transformation of Work Vol: 10

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14 Mar 2001
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
324 pages - 156 x 234 x 19mm
Research in the Sociology of Work


Analysts are generally agreed - dramatic changes are unfolding in the character of work, managerial authority, and the employment relationship. However, there is little agreement as to precisely how such changes are reshaping people's working lives, the nature of their careers, and the distribution of opportunity among members of different classes, genders, and ethnic groups. Confronting these issues head on, this text focuses on a series of critical questions concerned with the restructuring of work under capitalism at the beginning of the 21st century. The papers collected here address a wide array of workplace settings, from traditional manufacturing settings to "knowledge work" in high tech and university contexts. The volume devotes attention to the impact of production concepts in various national settings, ranging from Germany to Mexico and Australia. Among other themes, the volume also examines the linkage between gender inequality and efforts to establish innovative, "flexible" forms of work organization.
Managerial resistance to high performance workplace practices, I.M. Taplin; organizations, occupations and the structuration of work, M. Lounsbury and W.N. Kaghan; it's not just what you know, it's who you know - technical knowledge, rainmaking and gender among finance executives, M. Blair-Loy; do high performance work systems pay off?, E. Appelbaum et al; careers and contradictions -faculty responses to the commercialization of the life sciences, J. Owen-Smith and W.W. Powell; can self-managing teams be truly cross-functional? gender barriers to a "new" division of labour, M. Ollilainen and J. Rothschild; the social construction of overtime, P.V. Martorana and P. Hirsch; what's left of worker's solidarity? workplace innovation and workers' attitudes toward the firm, M. Kuhlmann and M. Schumann; workers rule - relations in production at a cooperative workplace, S. Hernandez; technocratic teamwork - mitigating polarization and cultural marginalization in an engineering firm, G. Daday and B. Burris; deciding to work less in a high-level profession - negotiating strategies and consequences of reduced-hours careers in medicine, L. Lundgren et al; lean or just mean? the flexibilization of labour in the Australian hotel industry, N. Timo.

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