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Computers, Jobs, and Skills : The Industrial Relations of Technological Change : Approaches to Information Technology - Christopher Baldry

Computers, Jobs, and Skills : The Industrial Relations of Technological Change

Approaches to Information Technology

Paperback ISBN: 9780306429637
Number Of Pages: 192

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Well-planned and clearly written, an interesting and illuminating treatment of the role of work, computers, and technology. Quotations preceding chapters are thought-provoking and appropriate. Copious references as well as discussion questions follow each chapter. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc

Prologue.- 1: Introduction.- A Transforming Technology.- Toward a Brave New World?.- Attitudes and Phobias.- Technology as Progress.- Critical Approaches to Technology.- Determined or Determining?.- Characteristics of Information Technology.- Technology as the Midwife of Social Change.- The Problems of Change-A Note about the Rest of the Book.- Discussion Questions.- References.- 2: Employment.- Technology and Employment.- The Example of History.- Impacts and Processes.- Replacement and Displacement.- The Mechanized Information Flow.- Computers and Employment-A Terminal Case?.- Jobs in the Ring: Down but not Out.- Jobless Growth.- Focusing Down.- The Office: A Suitable Case for Treatment.- Women-Left Holding the Baby?.- Sunrise, Sunset.- Discussion Questions.- References.- 3: The Quality of Work and the Working Environment.- Toward a High-Skill Workforce?.- Peering into the Sunrise.- Deskilling.- Case Study: Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machining.- Case Study: Skill and Control in the Office.- Explanations of Deskilling.- Case Study: Computer-Aided Design.- The Working Environment.- Health and Safety.- Health and the Organization.- Shift Working.- Management and Change.- Conclusions.- Discussion Questions.- References.- 4: New Technology Bargaining.- The Industrial Relations Environment.- The Components of Industrial Relations Systems.- Uncertainties and Strategies.- Unions: Challenges and Responses.- Management: Uncertainties and Strategies.- The Contours of Bargaining.- The Principles of Technology Bargaining.- Procedural Objectives.- Job Security.- Payment.- Health and Safety.- New Technology Bargaining So Far.- Conflict.- Demarcation.- The Effects on Union Organization.- Case Study: Newspaper Printing.- Discussion Questions.- References.- 5: Alternative Approaches to Change.- The Search for Alternatives.- West Germany.- Scandinavia.- Japan: The Ultimate Model of Cooperation?.- The Lessons of Cooperation.- Job Redesign.- Case Study: The Utopia Project.- Discussion Questions.- References.- 6: Theories of the Information Society: Who Gets Plugged In?.- Profile of an Information Society.- The Changing Occupational Structure.- Changing Patterns of Work.- Management and the Organization.- Crossing the Home-Work Divide.- The Future for Industrial Relations.- The Meaning of Work and Leisure.- Information, Technology, and Society.- Discussion Questions.- References.

ISBN: 9780306429637
ISBN-10: 0306429632
Series: Approaches to Information Technology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.3