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Just Another Car Factory?
Lean Production and Its Discontents
James Rinehart, Christopher Huxley, David Robertson
This study of CAMI Automotive, a unionized joint venture between General Motors and Suzuki, is the most comprehensive ever undertaken of a lean production plant. James Rinehart, Christopher Huxley, and David Robertson address a topic that has inspired...



Keepers of the Revolution
New Yorkers at Work in the Early Republic



Lawyers' Ideals/Lawyers' Practices
Transformations in the American Legal Profession
The last two decades have brought unprecedented changes in the practice of law in America. Lawyers have been forced to evaluate self-consciously what they do and why. This collection of eight essays examines the relationship between these changes and...



Life Support
Three Nurses on the Front Lines
Suzanne Gordon
Gordon describes the everyday work of three RNs in Boston—a nurse practitioner, an oncology nurse, and a clinical nurse specialist on a medical unit—providing a vivid, engaging, and intimate portrait of the importance of nurses in patients' lives.



Making Mondragón
The Growth and Dynamics of the Worker Cooperative Complex
William Foote Whyte, Kathleen King Whyte
Making Mondragón is a groundbreaking look at the history of worker ownership in the Spanish cooperative. First published in 1988, it remains the best source for those looking to glean a rich body of ideas for potential adaptation and implementation elsewhere from Mondragón's long and varied experience.



Making Virtual Worlds
Linden Lab and Second Life
Thomas Malaby
Malaby shows how the workers of a very young but quickly growing company were themselves caught up in ideas about technology, games, and organizations, and struggled to manage not only their virtual world but also themselves in a nonhierarchical fashion.



Managing Risk in High-Stakes Faculty Employment Decisions
Julee T. Flood, Terry L. Leap
Understanding the risks involved in hiring new faculty is becoming increasingly important. In Managing Risk in High-Stakes Faculty Employment Decisions Julee T. Flood and Terry Leap critically examine the landscape of US institutions of higher learning and the legal and human resource management practices pertinent to college and university...



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...



Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory
Women Scientists Speak Out
The personal stories that comprise Motherhood, the Elephant in the Laboratory not only show the many ways in which women can successfully combine motherhood and a career in science but also address and redefine what it means to be a successful scientist.



Negotiations and Change
From the Workplace to Society
Major changes within and between organizations are now generally negotiated by the parties that have a stake in the consequences of the changes. This was not always so. In 1965, with A Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations, Richard Walton and Robert...



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