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The Changing Nature of Work envisions the future nature of work, its effect on workers and organizations, and the expanded knowledge that will be needed to optimize its returns. The book examines critical post-industrial transformations in work, workers, and the experience of working and assesses the implications of those changes. It investigates what is driving change at work, what is constraining it, and where work is headed as governments, societies, and work organizations respond to its revolutionary thrust.Demonstrating that most knowledge of work life is rooted in jobs, organizations, and workers of the past, Ann Howard and her contributors call for rethinking the psychology of work. In fourteen original chapters, leading authorities within and outside industrial and organizational psychology—including job design, personnel selection, training, teamwork, organizational commitment, careers, leadership, performance appraisal, political and labor economics, sociology, and information technology—question, test, revise, and expand the current body of knowledge about work behavior.The author and contributors explore the human side of the changing nature of work in both service and manufacturing settings and provide new directions for the work and workers of tomorrow.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787901028
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Series: J-B SIOP Frontiers Series , #23
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 590
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

ANN HOWARD is president of the Leadership Research Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research on the selection and development of leaders and managers. She is also senior research consultant for Development Dimensions International (DDI), a leading human resource development and consulting firm with more than thirty offices worldwide. She is the coauthor of Diagnosis for Organizational Change (1994, with others) and Managerial Lives in Transition (1988, with D. W. Bray), which won the Academy of Management's George R. Terry Award of Excellence in 1989.

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Table of Contents

The Authors
1 A Framework for Work Change 3
2 The Political Context of Employment 45
Political Economic Institutions, Labor Relations, and Work 52
Government Regulation of Human Resources 67
3 Technology and the Organization of Work 89
New Information Technologies and Changes in Work 97
Form, Function, and Strategy in Boundaryless Organizations 112
4 New Manufacturing Initiatives and Shopfloor Job Design 139
5 Technological Changes in Office Jobs: What We Know and What We Can Expect 175
6 Human Resources and Their Skills 211
The Youth Labor Market: Skill Deficiencies and Public Policy 223
Enhancing Skills in the New Economy 238
7 Advancing Personnel Selection and Placement Methods 252
8 Changing Individual-Organization Attachments: A Two-Way Street 290
9 Careers as Lifelong Learning 323
10 When People Get Out of the Box: New Relationships, New Systems 365
11 Leadership in the Twenty-First Century: A Speculative Inquiry 411
12 Changing Conceptions and Practices in Performance Appraisal 451
13 Post-Industrial Lives: New Demands, New Prescriptions 485
14 Rethinking the Psychology of Work 513
Name Index 557
Subject Index 575
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