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Employment and Technical Change in Europe

Work Organization, Skills and Training

Edited by Ken Ducatel
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Jan 1994
Dimensions: w 234mm h 156mm
Weight: 586g
ISBN-10: 1852787759
ISBN-13: 9781852787752
Barcode No: 9781852787752
Synopsis
New information technology will continue to be a key factor affecting the quantity and quality of employment in Europe up to the turn of the century. Employment and Technical Change in Europe provides a review of current knowledge about the complex relationships between work and information technology. The authors steer a middle course between approaches which are technologically determinist and those which reject importance of information technology as one of the most important shaping factors on working life. Detailed studies of the diffusion of information technology in Europe and the development of relevant work skills are combined with assessments of its effect on industrial relations and the quality of working life. A key objective of this volume is to determine the best practice for implementation of new technology in organizations across Europe. New information technologies are a vital component of the future of competitiveness in Europe. This policy-oriented book seeks to contribute to the reinvigoration of the work and technology debate along lines which have a practical application. It will be welcomed by students and teachers of industrial relations, industrial economists and all those concerned with the implementation of information technology strategies in the work place.

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`Employment and Technical Change in Europe provides an extremely valuable overview of recent company level research from the major European countries, much of which has hitherto been inaccessible. The book makes a major contribution to current debates on the impact of technical change and is an important guide to policy.' -- David Marsden, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK `Altogether this book is a practical and useful summary of the impact of IT on European industry and employment.' -- Pier Paolo Saviotti, The Manchester School `This book offers an excellent review of the complexity and manifold dimensions of IT. . .' -- John Sutherland, The Service Industries Journal