Work in the New Economy: Flexible Labor Markets in Silicon Valley / Edition 1

Work in the New Economy: Flexible Labor Markets in Silicon Valley / Edition 1

by Chris Benner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631232508

ISBN-13: 9780631232506

Pub. Date: 10/21/2002

Publisher: Wiley

This book contributes to our understanding of the transformation of work in the information economy, through a detailed examination of labor markets in Silicon Valley. It provides an original and insightful analysis of flexible labor including growing volatility in work demands and increasingly tenuous employment relations.

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This book contributes to our understanding of the transformation of work in the information economy, through a detailed examination of labor markets in Silicon Valley. It provides an original and insightful analysis of flexible labor including growing volatility in work demands and increasingly tenuous employment relations.

  • Contributes to our understanding of the transformation of work in the information economy, through a detailed examination of labor markets in Silicon Valley.
  • Provides an original and insightful analysis of flexible labor including growing volatility in work demands and increasingly tenuous employment relations.
  • Examines the increasingly important role of labor market intermediaries.
  • Shows that some workers clearly thrive in this vibrant context, but many face high levels of insecurity admist growing inquality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631232506
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/21/2002
Series:
Information Age Series, #5
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Intermediaries 5

Careers 7

Research Data 9

PART I FLEXIBILITY AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF WORK AND EMPLOYMENT 11

1 Understanding Flexibility 13

Labor Markets in the Information Economy 15

Flexible Work and Flexible Employment 21

2 Silicon Valley: Changing Industry Structure and Employment Practices 37

Flexible Work and Employment Practices 39

Economic Change and Flexibility 49

Conclusion: Flexibility and Volatility 76

Appendix 2.1: Industry Cluster Analysis 77

PART II FLEXIBILITY AND INTERMEDIARIES 81

3 Flexibility and Intermediation 83

Labor Market Intermediaries 86

Intermediation and Markets 89

Intermediation and Flexible Labor Markets 92

Conclusion: Increasing Intermediation 97

4 Labor Market Intermediaries – Private Sector 99

Temporary Help Agencies 102

Consultant Brokerage Firms 110

Web-based Intermediaries 117

Employer of Record 123

Professional Employer Organizations 125

Conclusion: The Labor Market as Business Opportunity 128

5 Labor Market Intermediaries – Membership based 130

Blurring Boundaries 132

Silicon Valley Membership-based Intermediaries 138

Conclusion: Building Community-based Careers 175

6 Labor Market Intermediaries – Public Sector 177

Workforce Development System 179

Education-based Intermediaries 187

Non profit/Community-based Initiatives 197

Conclusion: Workforce Development Challenges 198

PART III FLEXIBILITY AND CAREERS 201

7 Careers in Silicon Valley 203

Growing Inequality 206

Factors Contributing to Inequality 216

Flexibility and Labor Market Outcomes 220

Intermediaries and Labor Market Outcomes 226

Conclusion: Significant Problems Exist 231

Appendix 7.1: Silicon Valley Wage Data 232

8 Flexibility and Security 234

New Concepts for Labor Markets in the Information Economy 238

Intermediaries and Labor Market Policy 247

Labor Flexibility and a New Employment Contract 250

A Final Word 261

References 262

Index 281

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