The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization (Oxford Handbooks Series)

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The last twenty-five years of the twentieth century was a period of extraordinary change in organizations and the economies of the developed world. This continues today. Such has been the scale and momentum of events that, for some analysts, the only comparable periods are the early part of the twentieth century in which the shift to mass production and large-scale organization was accomplished, or the industrial revolution itself a hundred years earlier.
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The last twenty-five years of the twentieth century was a period of extraordinary change in organizations and the economies of the developed world. This continues today. Such has been the scale and momentum of events that, for some analysts, the only comparable periods are the early part of the twentieth century in which the shift to mass production and large-scale organization was accomplished, or the industrial revolution itself a hundred years earlier.
Researchers in Europe and the USA in particular have been studying change in work and organizations, but there has been little attempt to systematize and draw together the results of their work. So far, the emphasis amongst writers on organizations considering the problem of contemporary change has been on ways of conceptualizing events, rather than also considering evidence. But what has actually happened? How much of the flux of events is real change, and how much mere change in emphasis in which apparent change is overlaying organizational continuity? How far are changes in particular events and sectors connected, and is an overall understanding of complex processes possible?
The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization aims to bring together, present and discuss what is currently known about work and organizations and their connection to broader economic change in Europe and America. Issues of conceptualization are not neglected but, in contrast to other comparable volumes, the emphasis is firmly on what is known what and has been observed by researchers. The volume contains a range of theoretically informed essays, written by leading authorities in their respective fields, giving comprehensive coverage of changes in work, occupations, and organizations. It constitutes an invaluable overview of the accumulated understanding of research into work, occupations and organizations in recent decades. It shows that in almost every aspect of economic institutions, change has been considerable.
The subject area of work, occupations and organizations is considered in five major sections of the volume: I, Work, Technology, and the Division of Labour; II, Managerial Regimes and Employee Responses; III, Organizing and Organizations; IV, Occupations and Organizations and V. Organizations, Institutions, and Boundaries. In this way the contemporary situation in work and organizations is considered extensively in its different dimensions and interconnections. The contributors have been selected for their expertise and include many leading authors in organizational analysis and substantive research. The handbook is thus an authoritative statement, and offers a valuable account of organizations at this time.
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"This handbook sets out to present a comprehensive map of the interactions among social systems, work, and employing organizations...Altogether, the book is a rigorous treatment of contemporary economic organizations in a global perspective, and it makes a valuable contribution to the state of scholarship in the field."--CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199269921
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 655
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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Lancaster University Management School

Cornell University

University of Strathclyde

Cornell University

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Table of Contents

Texts and times : mapping the changing study of work and organizations 1
Pt. I Work, technology, and the division of labor
Introduction 19
1 Labor markets and flexibility 31
2 Organizations and the intersection of work and family : a comparative perspective 52
3 Gender, race, and the restructuring of work : organizational and institutional perspectives 74
4 Skill formation systems 95
5 Technology and the transformation of work 115
6 Groups, teams, and the division of labor : interdisciplinary perspectives on the organization of work 138
Pt. II Managerial regimes and employee actions
Introduction 165
7 The diffusion and domestication of managerial innovations : the spread of scientific management, quality circles, and TQM between the United States and Japan 177
8 Managers, markets, and ideologies : design and devotion revisited 200
9 Human resource management 220
10 Knowledge management 242
11 Industrial relations and work 263
12 Labor movements and mobilization 283
13 Resistance, misbehavior, and dissent 305
Pt. III Occupations and organizations
Introduction 329
14 Manual workers : conflict and control 338
15 Service workers in search of decent work 356
16 What we know (and mostly don't know) about technical work 376
17 The changing nature of professional organizations 404
18 Ports and ladders : the nature and relevance of internal labor markets in a changing world 425
Pt. IV Organizing and organizations
Introduction 449
19 Organizations and organized systems : from direct control to flexibility 462
20 Post-bureaucracy? 485
21 Interfirm relations as networks 508
22 Changes in the organization of public services and their effects on employment relations 530
23 Understanding multinational corporations 554
24 Corporate restructuring 577
25 Beyond convergence and divergence : explaining variations in organizational practices and forms 602
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