The Jobless Economy?

The Jobless Economy? : Computer Technology in the World of Work

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This book provides an original insight into the way computers, robots and related technologies are reshaping our world and especially the world of work. Some will benefit from the changes: others will be victims. Few understand the magnitude of what is happening, or why it is happening, or how quickly it is happening.The economics of this new world are revolutionary. Computer technology is cheap. People are expensive. They will be replaced by the new technologies over the coming decades. Do our policy makers understand what is happening? Examples taken from both sides of the Atlantic point to the same dangers that face us.Great opportunities exist within this turmoil. With computers and robots doing most of the work, our world has the potential to become immeasurably richer. It is up to us to decide who will benefit. This book is designed to clarify the issues involved. It is written in an 'easy-to-read' style. It will appeal to all business leaders and other students of work and technology who wish to understand some of the basic dynamics of the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 500g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0745615783
  • 9780745615783

Review quote

"Will the technological revolution deliver a world of opportunity and leisure or one of misery and decline? Michael Dunkerley's ideas are a vital addition to the debate over changes in the way we work. Visionary in outlook, radical in approach, he reviews the implications for governments, business and each and every one of us. Rarely have these challenges for western economies been presented with such clarity and insight. A book to set us all thinking." Richard Donkin, Financial Times "Useful contributions to the debate on an important subject." Long Range Planning "Michael Dunkerley's book is worth reading because he poses many questions that frame an important research agenda for the academic world in general and the organization sciences in particular."Arjen van Witteloostuijn, Organization Studiesshow more

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. Are We on a Fool's Journey? 2. Looking the Gift Horse in the Mouth. 3. The Evolution of Computer Technology and its Ultimate Application as a Cost-Saving Tool. 4. Progress is Three Per Cent. 5. Can Everything be Saved? 6. Which Jobs will Grow and Which Jobs will Go? 7. Can We Rely on the Enterprise Culture and the Small Business to Solve our Problems? 8. Capitalism Channelled by Technology. 9. Demand Deficiency. 10. Do Other Cultures Behave Differently? 11. Multinational Companies, Global Companies and International Trade. 12. The Weird and Wonderful World of International Finance. 13. The Paradigm Shift. 14. The Future. Notes. more