The New American Workplace

The New American Workplace

Transforming Work Systems in the United States

Despite formidable obstacles, a small but growing number of U.S. companies rccognize that today's domestic and international markets require them to transform their production process. On the basis of more than ten years of survey data and the evidence of case studies, Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt analyze the experiences of these companies. Their findings reveal two distinct and coherent models of the new American workplace. One is an American version of team production, which combines the principles of sociotechnical systems with those of quality engineering and which decentralizes the management of work flow and decision making. The other is an American version of lean production, which relies more heavily on managerial and technical expertise, and on centralized coordination and decision making. The authors explain the organizational models from which high-performance firms in the United States have borrowed and outline the policies required to promote more widespread workplace change. They contend that U.S. firms can, in fact, compete successfully, while providing their workers with increased job security, livable wages, and enhanced job satisfaction. Certain to appeal to both union and business leaders, this volume also offers crucial insights to policy makers and to scholars of the new American workplace.

Eileen Appelbaum

Eileen Appelbaum is Professor in the School of Management and Labor Relations and Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University. She is author or coauthor of several books including The New American Workplace: Transforming Work Systems in the United States, also from Cornell, and the coeditor of Low Wage America.


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Unfinished Business documents the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004.



Manufacturing Advantage
Why High Performance Work Systems Pay Off
Eileen Appelbaum, Thomas Bailey, Peter Berg, Arne L. Kalleberg
Much of the hoopla surrounding quality circles, teams, and high-performance work systems has been based on anecdotes and very thin evidence. It has not been established that those employee involvement strategies amount to anything more than another...



The New American Workplace
Transforming Work Systems in the United States
Eileen Appelbaum, Rosemary Batt
Despite formidable obstacles, a small but growing number of U.S. companies rccognize that today's domestic and international markets require them to transform their production...











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The New American Workplace
Transforming Work Systems in the United States
Eileen Appelbaum, Rosemary Batt

Subjects

Labor and Workplace Issues : Anthropology/Sociology of Work
Labor and Workplace Issues : Business and Management Studies

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