Broken Ladders

Broken Ladders : Managerial Careers in the New Economy

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This book is the first comprehensive view, based on hard evidence, of how the role of managers in organizations is changing. The business press is full of stories about managers as an endangered species. Though there is some truth to this, the actual state of affairs is more complex and important to understand.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 165.4 x 242.1 x 25.1mm | 646.94g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195093534
  • 9780195093537

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Broken Ladders reports on the employment security, advancement prospects skills, and wages of managers in a wide range of firms and industries. These cases show that one myth - that the number of managers is declining - is wrong. But the job tenure of middle managers is more precarious. They can no longer expect steady promotions up the ladder, nor can they expect life-time employment with the same firm. New organizational designs demand new skills from managers and Broken Ladders describes what these are. On another front, managerial pay has not declined at the same rate as other workers. However, the pay gap between senior and middle managers has widened. Given job insecurity and growing pay inequality firms confront a difficult dilemma: how to maintain the commitment of their managers at the same time that the employers are reducing their commitment to their employees. Broken Ladders will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of human resources, labor economics, career development, and organizational behavior. It will also be important reading for managers and strategic planners who have to take account of the changing nature of employment.
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...provides an informative analysis of how managerial employment has been altered by the forces generally reshaping work in America. * Choice *
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