Turbulence in the American Workplace

Turbulence in the American Workplace

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This book deals with critical issues resulting from the impact of corporate restructuring on workers. U.S. industry has undergone a shakeout resulting from increasing competitive pressures and the globalization of production. As a result, some two million workers have been laid-off from their employers. Individual chapters have been drafted by an interdisciplinary group of academics who explore seven key areas: demographic changes of younger and older workers, workforce displacement from lay-offs, human resources planning for downsizing and mergers, technological change, changes in the roles of unions, changes in managerial and professional work, and 'contingent' and flexible employment. The drafts of the chapters have been extensively edited and, in some cases, rewritten so that the book will read more like a series of chapters than a group of papers. The work was commissioned by the National Planning Association who will be a party to the contract.show more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162.6 x 243.3 x 26.2mm | 636.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line drawing, tables
  • 0195064615
  • 9780195064612

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"Labor markets and employment patterns in the 1990s--reflecting globalization of markets, new technologies, changing demographics, and personnel objectives--require a redesign of many private and public policies. Turbulence in the American Workplace is the book to read for those who want to begin that reassessment and adaptation."--John T. Dunlop, Harvard University..".scholarly discussions of issues that are often treated otherwise, especially in the business press, where anecdotes rule supreme. The accounts are balanced and do a very good job of marshalling available data and reviewing prior literature."--Administrative Science Quarterly"By drawing attention to the need to repair, build, and, more broadly, to develop the infrastructure of human resource capabilities in the United States, it makes a most significant contribution."--Industrial And Labor Relations Reviewshow more

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This book...is a comprehensive and compelling account of how economic turbulence is changing the American labor market and of the responses that are needed to address its effects on workers and workplaces.show more