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Description - Converging Divergences by Harry C. Katz

Exploring recent changes in employment practices in seven industrialized countries (Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the United States) and in two essential industries (automobile and telecommunications), Harry C. Katz and Owen Darbishire find that traditional national systems of employment are being challenged by four cross-national patterns. The patterns, which are becoming ever more prevalent, can be categorized as low-wage, human resource management, Japanese-oriented, and joint team-based strategies. The authors go on to show that these changing employment patterns are closely related to the decline of unions and growing income inequality. Drawing upon plant-level evidence on emerging employment practices, they provide a comprehensive analysis of changes in employment systems and labor-management relations. They conclude that while the variation in employment patterns is increasing within countries, evidence suggests that there is much commonality across countries in the nature of that variation and also similarity in the processes through which variation is appearing. Hence the term "converging divergences."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801488115
ISBN-10: 0801488117
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 8-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Harry C. Katz

Harry C. Katz is Jack Sheinkman Professor and Director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at the ILR School, Cornell University. He is coauthor of The Transformation of American Industrial Relations, Converging Divergences,and, with Thomas A. Kochan and Alexander J. S. Colvin,Labor Relations in a Globalizing World andcoeditor of Rekindling the Movement, all from Cornell, among many other books.

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