Technology and the Future of Work

Hardcover | April 23, 1992

EditorPaul S. Adler

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This book brings together a set of essays exploring the implications of new technologies in the workplace. The common premise of the contributions is that the effective implementation of automation in manufacturing and engineering operations will typically require a workforce with a higherskill profile. Examining the experience of countries in Europe, Australia, Asia, and the U.S., the book analyzes four themes: the new competencies required for effective implementation of new technologies; how firms can develop these new competencies; the implications of these changes for industrialrelations; and how firms can weave together business strategy, technology strategy, and personnel strategy, to build competitive advantage. with greater rather than lesser skills. This argument contradicts the conventional assumption that automation will not only reduce the number of workersrequired to produce a given product but also require less skilled workers to do so.

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This book brings together a set of essays exploring the implications of new technologies in the workplace. The common premise of the contributions is that the effective implementation of automation in manufacturing and engineering operations will typically require a workforce with a higherskill profile. Examining the experience of coun...

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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 int...

Paul S. Adler is at University of Southern California, School of Business Administration.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 1.34 inPublished:April 23, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195071719

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Contributors1. Paul S. Adler: Introduction2. Larry Hirshhorn and Joan Mokray: Automation and Competency Requirements in Manufacturing: A Case Study3. Paul Attewell: Skill and Occupational Changes in U.S. Manufacturing4. Peter J. Senker: Automation and Work in Britain5. Horst Kern and Michael Schumann: New Concepts of Production and the Emergence of the Systems Controller6. Institutions and Incentives for Developing Work-Related Knowledge and Skill7. Robert E. Cole: Issues in Skill Formation in Japanese Approaches to Automation8. Robert J. Thomas and Thomas A. Kochan: Technology, Industrial Relations, and the Problem of Organizational Transformation9. Max Ogden: Union Initiatives to Restructure Industry in Australia10. Claudio U. Ciborra and Leslie S. Schneider: Transforming the Routines and Contexts of Management, Work, and Technology11. Thomas B. Lifson: Innovation and Institutions: Notes on the Japanese ParadigmName IndexSubject Index

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"Technology and the Future of Work is an important and insightful book on the recent rediscovery of the increased skills likely to follow advanced technology."--Contemporary Sociology