Description - Authority and Control in Modern Industry by Paul L. Robertson
Authority and Control in Modern Industry examines processes by which technological change has been assimilated into capitalist workplaces since the Industrial Revolution. Contributors present theoretical propositions, drawing arguments from neo-classical, Marxist, evolutionary and transaction cost economics, the sociology of Anthony Giddens and Max Weber, and network analysis. These are coupled with historical case studies, including: * the growth of the factory system during the industrial revolution in Britain * the German chemical industry and German family firms before World War I * the American automobile industry in the interwar period * agricultural labour in the American South after World War II * the recent relationship between US medical specialists and hospitals.L This volume demonstrates the value of analysing worker deployment in modern capitalist firms as an interactive and iterative process involving both management and labour. Authority and Control in Modern Industry offers a rare breadth of analysis through the juxtaposition of sociological, economic and historical approaches and in the variety of ideological viewpoints represented.
This work will become essential reading for researchers in organisational behaviour, labour economics, economic history and labour history. Lee J Alston, University of Illinois, USA, S R H Jones, University of Dundee, UK Sachio Kaku, Kyushu University, Japan, Richard N Langlois, University of Connecticut, USA,
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