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Industrial Relations and New Technology

1st Edition

By Annette Davies


262 pages

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New technology arguably provided the greatest challenge to industrial relations since the formation of unions. The problems raised led to a whole range of responses - from rejection of the new technology to acceptance fo the change with management and workers making new (and sometimes unheard of) agreements. This book, originally published in 1986 and based on extensive original research, examines the changes in industrial relations which the new technology of the 1980s caused, analysing the implications for the workforce and the reactions of the management and trade unions to the challenges.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Perspectives on Technological Change 1. The Technological Debate 2. The Constraints on Choice and the Politics of Change 3. The Industrial Relations Context of Technological Change 4. Participating in Change Part 2: A Case Study - The Brewing Industry 5. A Model and a Methodology 6. The Application of Micro-Technology in the Brewing Industry 7. Implications for the Workplace 8. The Management/Union Relationship 9. Strategies and Policy Implications 10. Conclusions. Appendices.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Economics and Business of Technology

Originally published between 1967 and 1999 the 50 volumes in this set examine the impact of technology on economics and international business. The volumes:

  • Present a synthesis of business functions and economic analysis and ask what the implications for skills development are and the effect of public policy
  • Report on global companies' experience with computers in company training in such areas as banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, IT, the retail industry, transport, telecommunications and energy.
  • Look at the way in which some businesses in high technology manufacturing industry have organised their structures and processes in order to manage product innovation effectively.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory