Broken Ladders: Managerial Careers in the New Economy by Paul Osterman

Broken Ladders: Managerial Careers in the New Economy

EditorPaul Osterman

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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Broken Ladders: Managerial Careers in the New Economy provides the first comprehensive view of how the careers of managers in organizations are changing. Broken Ladders reports on the employment security, advancement prospects, skills, and wages of managers in a wide range of firms and industries. These cases show that one myth--that the number of managers is declining--is wrong. But the job tenure of middle managers is more precarious. They can nolonger expect steady promotions up the ladder, nor can they expect life-time employment with the same firm. New organizational designs demand new skills from managers and Broken Ladders describes what these are. On another front, managerial pay has not declined at the same rate as other workers. However, the pay gap between senior and middle managers has widened. Given job insecurity and growing payinequality firms confront a difficult dilemma: how to maintain the commitment of their managers at the same time that the employers are reducing their commitment to their employees. Broken Ladders will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of human resources, labor economics, career development, and organizational behavior. It will also be important reading for managers and strategic planners who have to take account of the changing nature ofemployment.

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Paul Osterman is at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Title:Broken Ladders: Managerial Careers in the New EconomyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 0.91 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195093534

ISBN - 13:9780195093537

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Table of Contents

About the Authors1. Paul Osterman: Introduction2. Michael Useem: Corporate Restructuring and the Restructured World of Senior Management3. Rosemary Batt: From Bureaucracy to Enterprise? The Changing Jobs and Careers of Managers in Telecommunications Service4. John Paul MacDuffie: Automotive White-Collar: The Changing Status and Roles of Salaried Employees in the North American Auto Industry5. Elizabeth D. Scott, K. C. O'Shaughnessy, Peter Cappelli: Management Jobs in the Insurance Industry: Organizational Deskilling and Rising Pay Inequity6. Sara L. Beckman: Evolution of Management Roles in a Networked Organization: An Insider's View of the Hewlett-Packard Company7. Stacia E. Zabusky, Stephen R. Barley: Redefining Success: Ethnographic Observations on the Careers of Technicians8. Renee M. Landers, James B. Rebitzer, Lowell J. Taylor: Human Resources Practices and the Demographic Transformation of Professional Labor MarketsIndex

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Broken Ladders reports on the employment security, advancement prospects skills, and wages of managers in a wide range of firms and industries. These cases show that one myth - that the number of managers is declining - is wrong. But the job tenure of middle managers is more precarious. They can no longer expect steady promotions up the ladder, nor can they expect life-time employment with the same firm. New organizational designs demand new skills from managers and Broken Ladders describes what these are. On another front, managerial pay has not declined at the same rate as other workers. However, the pay gap between senior and middle managers has widened. Given job insecurity and growing pay inequality firms confront a difficult dilemma: how to maintain the commitment of their managers at the same time that the employers are reducing their commitment to their employees. Broken Ladders will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of human resources, labor economics, career development, and organizational behavior. It will also be important reading f

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"...adds to our knowledge about the inadequacies of the internal labor markets of the past, as well as to our anticipation that new kinds of labor markets will evolve in the future."--Administrative Science Quarterly