The 21st century at work [electronic resource] : forces shaping the future workforce and workplace in the United States /
Lynn A. Karoly, Constantijn W.A. Panis.
Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, 2004.
xlv, 258 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, 2004.
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"Prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor."
"Rand Labor and Population."
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-258)
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Karoly and Panis, researchers for the Rand Corporation and the US Department of Labor, discuss major factors that will shape the future of work over the next decade and their implications for the size, composition, skills, and compensation of the workforce and for conditions in the workplace. Through numerous charts from the Census, Department of Commerce, and other governmental sources, the authors first investigate future demographic, technological, and globalization changes: The US workforce will increase at a slower rate with a more balanced age, sex, and race composition; information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology advances will accelerate; globalization will enhance the economy but with job losses in some economic sectors. They finish with implications for the workforce: There will be more specialized firms that outsource and more decentralized forms of organization within firms; workers may benefit from more flexible work arrangements, more participation of older workers, and ergonomics, but they may be threatened by terrorism, privacy issues, greater skill requirements, and greater wage disparities. A related, more practitioner-oriented book is Thomas Malone's The Future of Work (CH, Jul'04). ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Faculty, upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, and practitioners. G. E. Kaupins Boise State University
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Main Description
Looks at the likely evolution of the U.S. workforce and workplace over the next 10 to 15 years, focusing on demographics, tenchnology and globalization.
Unpaid Annotation
What are the forces that will continue to shape the U.S. workforce and workplace over the next 10 to 15 years? In this book the authors take a close look at three major factors that are expected to shape work in the United States in the coming decades; shifting demographic patterns, the pace of technological change, and economic globalization. The objective is not so much to predict the future but to understand key structural forces under way in the economy today, the factors associated with those trends, and whether we can expect such trends to continue or to deviate from their present course.
Unpaid Annotation
What are the major factors that will shape the future of work in the current century, and how are those factors likely to evolve over the next 10 to 15 years? With its eye on forming sound policy and helping the private and public sectors make informed decisions, the U.S. Department of Labor asked RAND to look at the future of work. The authors examine shifting demographic trends and their implications, the pace of technological change, and the path of economic globalization. They provide the reader with expectations about the key forces in the economy today and their implications for the future workforce and workplace, including the size, composition, and skills of the workforce; the nature of work and workplace arrangements; and worker compensation.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. iii
Figuresp. vii
Tablesp. ix
Boxesp. xi
Summaryp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xli
Abbreviationsp. xliii
Introductionp. 1
Shifting Demographic Parameters Shaping the Future Workforcep. 15
The Information Age and Beyond: the Reach of Technologyp. 79
A New Era of Global Integrationp. 127
Implications for Work in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 183
Bibliographyp. 223
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