Working in the Service Sector: A Tale from Different Worlds by Gerhard BoschWorking in the Service Sector: A Tale from Different Worlds by Gerhard Bosch

Working in the Service Sector: A Tale from Different Worlds

EditorGerhard Bosch, Steffen Lehndorff

Hardcover | September 30, 2005

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The rise to prominence of the service sector - heralded over half a century ago as the great hope for the twenty-first century - has come to fruition. In many cases, employment in the service sector now outnumbers that in manufacturing sectors, and it is accepted that in all developed countries, the service sector is the only one in which employment will grow in future. The reasons for this is the subject of much controversy and debate, the outcomes of which are not merely of academic interest but of decisive importance for economic policy and the quality of working and living conditions in future.

In order to examine these various arguments, research teams from eight European countries worked together for three years on a comparative study of the evolution of service sector employment in EU member states. They also investigated working and employment conditions in five very different service industries (banking, retailing, hospitals, IT services and care of the elderly) in a number of countries, and the results of their research are presented in this informative new collection, of interest to students academics and researchers involved in all aspects of industrial economics.

Gerhard Bosch is Professor for sociology at the university Duisburg-Essen and Vice President of the Institute for Work and Technology. He is an expert on labour market policy, working time and employment policy. Steffen Lehndorff is an economist and Director of the Working Time and Work Organisation Research Unit at the Institute of Wo...
Title:Working in the Service Sector: A Tale from Different WorldsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:380 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:September 30, 2005Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415283221

ISBN - 13:9780415283229


Table of Contents

List of Figures  List of Tables  Acknowledgments  1. Introduction: Service Economies Part I: Different Service Societies in Europe  2. Measuring Economic Tertiarisation  3. The Incidence of New Forms of Employment in Service Activities  4. Why Do Countries Have Such Different Service-Sector Employment Rates?  5. Services and the Employment Prospects for Women Part 2: The Organization of Service Work  6. The Family, The State, and Now The Market  7. The Reluctant Nurses   8. Work Hard, Play Hard?  9. Work Organisation and The Importance of Labour Markets in The European Retail Trade  10. Lean Banking Part 3: Common Challenges  11. The Shaping of Work and Working Time in The Service Sector  12. The Delegation of Uncertainty  13. Can Trade Unions Meet The Challenge?  14. Diversity and Regulation of Markets for Services

Editorial Reviews

"Working in the Service Sector provides a valuable overview of the European Service Sector, brings together a considerable range of perspectives, and sets an impressive benchmark for comparative studies of work and organizations in terms of depth, focus, and theoretical outlook" Industrial Relations Review