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The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization [electronic resource]
Ackroyd, Stephen Editor
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New York : Oxford University Press, Incorporated July 2006
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680 p. ill 06.600 x 09.500 in.
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0199299242 (Perfect), 9780199299249
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New York : Oxford University Press, Incorporated July 2006
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0199299242 (Perfect)
9780199299249
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9780199299249
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
abstract
Annotation 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 ofthe 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 hasbeen 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 particularevents 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 comparablevolumes, 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. Itconstitutes 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 four major sections of the volume: I, Work, Technology, and the Division of Labour; II, Managerial Regimes and Employee Responses; III, Occupations and Organizations; and IV, Organizations and Organized Systems. In this way thecontemporary 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 anauthoritative statement, and offers a valuable account of organizations at this time.
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8021847
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Scholarly & Professional Oxford University Press, Incorporated
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-09-01:
As the nature of employment becomes more unsettled in the modern competitive environment, scholars attempt to analyze and describe the changing shape of institutions. This handbook sets out to present a comprehensive map of the interactions among social systems, work, and employing organizations. The editors argue that economic entities are experiencing an evolution of "significant magnitude" compared to past transformations. For that reason, they emphasize dominant workplace trends and their impacts on employees in a broad sociopolitical context. The volume incorporates both empirical methodology and theoretical frameworks in a multilevel approach. Content is arranged around four major headings of technology and labor, management of work, jobs in organizations, and systems of organization. Each section contains an introductory essay and between five and seven separate chapters by well-known researchers in the field. For example, the section on managerial regimes covers such specific topics as managerial innovation, organizational design, human resource management, industrial relations, and the current state of labor unions. 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. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through faculty collections. R. L. Hogler Colorado State University
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'The new Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization reminds us of the importance that organizations have on work and workplace outcomes. Its exhaustive coverage of research on these topics also makes clear that research relating to organizations and work are in short supply and suggests somepromising areas for future study.'Peter Capelli in Work and Occupation
'...the Oxford Handbook largely succeeds in its effort to bring a modicum of order out of a field too often bordering on Babel. Scholars in organization studies, human resource management, the sociology of work, and occupational and industrial psychology will all find this to be a usefulresource for years to come.'Administrative Science Quarterly
"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
'The new Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization reminds us of the importance that organizations have on work and workplace outcomes. Its exhaustive coverage of research on these topics also makes clear that research relating to organizations and work are in short supply and suggests some promising areas for future study.'Peter Capelli in Work and Occupation'...the Oxford Handbook largely succeeds in its effort to bring a modicum of order out of a field too often bordering on Babel. Scholars in organization studies, human resource management, the sociology of work, and occupational and industrial psychology will all find this to be a useful resource for years to come.'Administrative Science Quarterly
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'The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization' discusses what is currently known about work and organization and their connection to broader economic change in Europe and America. Issues of conceptualization are not neglected but the emphasis is firmly on what is known, and what has been observed by researchers.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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 ofthe 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 hasbeen 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 particularevents 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 comparablevolumes, 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. Itconstitutes 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 four major sections of the volume: I, Work, Technology, and the Division of Labour; II, Managerial Regimes and Employee Responses; III, Occupations and Organizations; and IV, Organizations and Organized Systems. In this way thecontemporary 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 anauthoritative statement, and offers a valuable account of organizations at this time.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Work, Technology, and the Division of Labor
Labor Markets and Flexibility
Organizations and the Intersection of Work and Family: A Comparative Perspective
Gender, Race, and the Restructuring of Work: Organizational and Institutional Perspectives, Leslie
McCall
Skill Formation Systems
Technology and the Transformation of Work
Groups at Work
Managerial Regimes and Employee Actions
The Diffusion and Domestication of Managerial
Innovations: The Spread of Scientific Management, Quality Circles, and TQM between the US and
New Designs: Design and Devotion Revisited
Human Resource Management
Knowledge Management
Industrial Relations and Work
Labor Movements and Mobilization
Informal Resistance
Occupations and Organizations
Manual Workers: Conflict and Control
Service Workers in Search of Decent Work
Craft and Technology
Professions
Ports and Ladders: The Nature and Relevance of Internal Labor Markets in a Changing World
Organizing and Organizations
Organizations and Organized Systems: From Direct Control to Flexibility
Post-bureaucracy?
Inter-firm Relations As Networks
Changes in the Organization of Public Services and Their Effects on Employment Relations
Understanding Multinational Corporations
Corporate Restructuring
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