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Turbulence in the American Workplace - Peter B. Doeringer

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1991
ISBN: 9780195064612
Number Of Pages: 272

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Turbulence--rapid and sometimes tumultuous changes--has characterized the labor markets of the 1970's and 1980's. Turbulent competitive conditions have cut sharply into profits and have forced downsizings and radical readjustments in America's workplaces. Workplace turbulence has resulted in lost jobs, declining incomes, and falling productivity for American labor. From the perspectives of business and labor, turbulence and its consequences is the key human resources issue for the last part of the twentieth century. In Turbulence in the American Workplace, a distinguished group of experts forcefully and convincingly argue that the human resources capacity of the private sector is the first line of defense against turbulence and is of equal importance to public sector education and training programs. The authors--including Kathleen Christensen, Patricia M. Flynn, Douglas T. Hall, Harry C. Katz, Jeffrey H. Keefe, Christopher J. Ruhm, Andrew M. Sum, and Michael Useem--effectively demonstrate how global competition, deregulation, and technological change are creating hard choices for employers that will alter both the living standards of workers and the performance of American industry in the coming decades. This illuminating work will be of significant value to business school faculty, corporate strategic planners, and general managers, as well as students and professionals interested in the areas of public policy, industrial relations, education, and labor studies.

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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 Review "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 Review

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. vii
Authorsp. xiii
Workplace Turbulence and Workforce Preparednessp. 1
Turbulence and the Labor Forcep. 15
Labor Market Turbulence and the Labor Market Experience of Young Adultsp. 17
Labor Displacement in the United Statesp. 46
Labor Market Turbulence and the Older Workerp. 64
Turbulence and Workplace Adjustmentp. 103
The LIfe-Cycle Model for Managing Technological Changep. 105
Industrial Restructuring and Human Resource Preparedness in Unionized Settingsp. 124
The Two-Tiered Workforce in U.S. Corporationsp. 140
Restructuring Managerial and Professional Work in Large Corporationsp. 156
Business Restructuring and Strategic Human Resource Developmentp. 179
Public and Private Policiesp. 201
Preparing the Future Workforce: A Labor-Management Consensusp. 203
Appendix National Planning Associationp. 215
Referencesp. 219
Author Indexp. 245
Subject Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780195064612
ISBN-10: 0195064615
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 31st January 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.33 x 16.26  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.58

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