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Whistleblowers
Broken Lives and Organizational Power
C. Fred Alford
In a dark departure from our standard picture of whistleblowers, C. Fred Alford offers a chilling account of the world of people who have come forward to protest organizational malfeasance in government agencies and in the private sector. The...



The Violence-Prone Workplace
A New Approach to Dealing with Hostile, Threatening, and Uncivil Behavior
Richard V. Denenberg, Mark Braverman
Almost every week reports of violence erupting in the workplace make headlines. Contrary to popular opinion, such incidents are not random and senseless but, according to Richard V. Denenberg and Mark Braverman, typically result from conflict that has...



Nonstandard Work
The Nature and Challenges of Emerging Employment Arrangements
In recent years, much attention has focused on the growth of nonstandard and contingent employment (including part-time work) which involves up to 30 percent of the total U.S. labor force. There is little agreement on either the causes or the effects...



Temps
The Many Faces of the Changing Workplace
Jackie Krasas Rogers
Now firmly established as fixtures of the American workplace, temporary employees constitute a much-discussed but still poorly understood segment of the labor force. In this consciousness-raising book, Jackie Krasas Rogers explores the realities of...



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...



On the Front Line
Organization of Work in the Information Economy
Stephen Frenkel, Marek Korczynski, Karen A. Shire, May Tam
The importance of customer service is widely emphasized in business today. This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the organization and dynamics of front-line work. The volume is based on a four-year study of over a thousand employees and...



Finding Time
How Corporations, Individuals, and Families Can Benefit from New Work Practices
Leslie A. Perlow
Why do Americans work so hard? Are the long hours spent at work really necessary to increase organizational productivity? Leslie A. Perlow documents the worklife of employees who assume that for their own success and the success of their organization...



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...



Between Craft and Science
Technical Work in the United States
Between Craft and Science brings together leading scholars from sociology, anthropology, industrial relations, management, and engineering to consider issues surrounding technical work, the most rapidly expanding sector of the labor force. Part craft...



Talking about Machines
An Ethnography of a Modern Job
Julian E. Orr
This is a story of how work gets done. It is also a study of how field service technicians talk about their work and how that talk is instrumental in their success. In his innovative ethnography, Julian E. Orr studies the people who repair...



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