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Theoretical Perspectives on Work and the Employment Relationship
Developing a strong theoretical base for research and practice in industrial relations and human resource management has to date remained a largely unfulfilled challenge. This pioneering volume helps close the theory gap by presenting contributions...



Nobody's Home
Candid Reflections of a Nursing Home Aide
Thomas Edward Gass
"At present nursing homes are designed . . . like outmoded zoos. Residents are kept in small rooms, emotionally isolated. Occasionally they are visited by family members who reach through the bars and offer them treats. Aides keep their bodies clean...



Surgeons and the Scope
James R. Zetka
In Surgeons and the Scope, James R. Zetka Jr. describes the impact of the video laparoscope on the work lives of contemporary surgeons. The video laparoscope allows surgeons to peer into the inner abdomen with a miniaturized camera, thereby...



Amakudari
The Hidden Fabric of Japan's Economy
Richard A. Colignon, Chikako Usui
The widespread migration of civil servants to high-profile positions in the private and public sectors is known in Japan as amakudari, or "descent from heaven." Recent media stories associate the practice with corruption as the former officials...



Code Green
Money-Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing
Dana Beth Weinberg
We are on the verge of the nation's worst nursing shortage in history. Dedicated nurses are leaving hospitals in droves, and there are not enough new recruits to the profession to meet demand. Even hospitals that were once very highly regarded for...



It's about Time
Couples and Careers
How do two-career couples manage in a one-career world? It's about Time examines this mismatch between outdated scripts and the experiences of dual-earner couples. It broadens our understanding of occupational and family career strategies...



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...



Proletarian Imagination
Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910–1925
Mark D. Steinberg
In fin-de-siècle and early revolutionary Russia, a group of self-educated workers produced a large body of poetry and prose in which they attempted to comprehend their rapidly changing world. Witnesses to wars and revolution, these men and...



Breaking the Watch
The Meanings of Retirement in America
Joel S. Savishinsky
The topic of retirement becomes increasingly compelling as the U.S. population ages. It's easy to find books about how to plan financially for those years after careers end, but Breaking the Watch focuses on the many ways of creating a life, not...



Values at Work
Employee Participation Meets Market Pressure at Mondragón
George Cheney
Values at Work is an analysis of organizational dynamics with wide-ranging implications in an age of market globalization. It looks at the challenges businesses face to maintain people-oriented work systems while remaining successful in the...



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