The Changing Nature of Work / Edition 1

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Not since the Industrial Revolution has the world experienced such a vast transformation in the nature of work as is now in progress. The winds of change are buffeting the terms and conditions of work, its content, and its context. The rapidity and discontinuity of these changes produce discomfort and anxiety among employees and unprecedented challenges to the leadership of organizations. What will the future hold as information technology, global competition, and the quest for efficiency and flexibility rapidly displace jobs and workers? and how can human resource scientists and professionals anticipate what lies ahead and generate better understanding of emerging work behavior'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 authors 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. They probe the challenges

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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

Part One: Connections
1. A Framework for Work Change(Ann Howard)
2. The Political Context of Employment
Political-Economic Institutions, Labor Relations, and Work(KirstenWever)
Government Regulation of Human Resources(James Ledvinka)
Part Two: Work
3. Technology and the Organization of Work
New Information Technologies and Changes in Work(Jan Van derSpiegel)
Form, Function, and Strategy in Boundaryless Organizations(DonaldD. Davis)
4. New Manufacturing Initiatives and Shop Floor Job Design(Toby D.Wall, Paul R. Jackson)
5. Technological Changes in Office Jobs: What We Know and What WeCan Expect(Michael D. Coovert)
Part Three: Workers
6. Human Resources and Their Skills
The Youth Labor Market: Skill Deficiencies and Public Policy(PaulOsterman)
Enhancing Skills in the New Economy(Anthony P. Carnevale)
7. Advancing Personnel Selection and Placement Methods(Frank J.Landy, Laura Shankster-Cawley, Stacey Kohler Moran)
8. Changing Individual-Organizational Attachments: A Two-WayStreet(Denise M. Rousseau, Kimberly Wade-Benzoni)
9. Careers as Lifelong Learning(Douglas T. Hall, Philip H.Mirvis)
Part Four: Working
10. When People Get Out of the Box: New Relationships, NewSystems(Susan Albers Mohrman, Susan G. Cohen)
11. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century: A SpeculativeInquiry(Robert J. House)
12. Changing Conceptions and Practices in PerformanceAppraisal(Jerry W. Hedge, Walter C. Borman)
Part Five: Reflections
13. Post-Industrial Lives: New Demands, New Prescriptions(JeraldHage)
14. Rethinking the Psychology of Work(Ann Howard)

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