Technology and the Future of Work

Technology and the Future of Work

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The essays in this volume contradict the conventional assumption that automation will not only reduce the number of workers required to produce a given product but also require less skilled workers to produce it.
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  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 18.3mm | 684.94g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • line drawings, tables
  • 0195071719
  • 9780195071719

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All the essays of his excellent collection show how skills are the outcome of a hybrid of socio-technical features, some related to the company, some embedded in outside relations and institutions. * Acta Sociologica * `the book is well-presented, and provides a useful overview of this more positive generation of research on technology, work and the future'
Ergonomics Abstracts 'the contributions to his edited volume are commendable in their thoroughness and cosmopolitan in both their focus and authorship ... As a sophisticated treatment of the subject, Adler's collection is to be welcomed.'
Malcolm Warner, Journal of General Management, Vol. 19, No. 2, Winter 1993 `Must reading for anyone concerned about either effective organizations or new technology. After reading the book, they will be concerned with both!'
Richard E. Walton, Harvard University `A major source of ideas that can be used by all who are concerned about the role technology and workers will play in our future.'
Donald E. Paterson, Retired Chair And CEO, Ford Motor Company `This important book fills a major gap. It shoots down the mistaken belief that factories of the future will be staffed by large numbers of `low-skilled button pushers'. Business executives, labor leaders, and employees will find this book a valuable guide for setting strategies to meet the challenges of rapid technological change and intense foreign competition.'
Edward E. Masters, President, National Planning Association
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Competitive pressure demands that firms create a good balance of their technology, people, and organization, and that they sustain it with well-meshed business, technology, and human resources strategies. But the acceleration of technological change over the last decade has made it more difficult to find this balance. Moreover, the intensification of global competition has made any imbalance debilitating for business performance. This book explores the emergent new models of balance among technology, people, and organization. The common premise of the contributions that the effective implementation of automation in manufacturing and engineering operations will typically require a work force with a higher skill profile. Examining the experience of countries in Europe, Australia, Asia, and the U.S., the chapters analyze four themes: the new competency required for effective implementation of new technologies; how firms can develop these new competencies; the implications of these changes for industrial relations; and how firms can weave together business strategy, technology strategy, and personnel strategy, to build competitive advantage. Integrating sociological, economic, and organizational perspectives, this book will interest both academics and professionals. It presents an up-to-date review of international trends in industry's response to the challenge of the new technologies. It draws compelling conclusions regarding the changes needed in the management of operations, human resources, industrial relations, and business strategy.
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