Change at Work

Change at Work

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This book illuminates what is really happening in the American workplace. The contributors explain how the widespread restructuring of American firms-usually resulting in a reduction of the workforce to cut costs-has had a profound impact on the lives of workers. The book explains how the new relationship requires high skill levels, but does not provide training for them. Workers themselves now must take charge of their personal development instead of relying on their employers. Their alienation from their firms is compounded by the large disparity between the pay of top managers and that of workers. The future is uncertain, but the authors argue that the traditional relationship between employer and employees will continue to more

Product details

  • Hardback | 287 pages
  • 161.5 x 239.3 x 28.2mm | 622.06g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195103270
  • 9780195103274
  • 2,017,740

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...the most significant contribution to the field of IR in the USA in at least a decade...this book is impressively researched, providing a thorough overview of the relevant US literature, and drawing from a broad array of sources. this should prove to be an important book, not just because of its message, but also because of the issues it addresses and the debate it is likely to engender. essential reading for anyone with even a passing interest in what is happening in the USA. - John Godard. British Journal of Indusrial Relations. 1998. Should become required reading on both sides of the Atlantic ... Cappelli's volume should be of great interest to everyone involved in the organisation of employment. The book is particularly lucid in analysing what it sees as the fundamental contradiction at the heart of modern employment systems. * Financial Times *show more

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Change at Work explores the theme that employees have paid the price for the widespread restructuring of American firms as illustrated by reduced security, greater effort and hours, and reduced morale. In this important study - commissioned by the National Planning Association's Committee on New American Realities - the authors consider how individuals and employers need to adapt to the new arrangements as well as the implications for important policy issues such as how skills will be developed where the attachment to firms is sharply reduced. The future is uncertain, but the authors argue that the traditional relationship between employer and employee will continue to erode, making this work essential reading for managers concerned with the profound impact corporate restructuring has had on the lives of more