Taking an international and comparative perspective, this book focuses on the relationship between industrial training and technological change in three major global economies – the UK, USA and Japan. The contributors, an international group of leading researchers, look at the origins and development of training in these countries, and analyse the benefits resulting from the interaction of a skilled workforce and technological change. This analysis of training in major industrial nations reveals the full complexity of the relationship between labour and technological change. It shows the value of an approach which is both historical and comparative, and highlights the importance of education and training as a necessary basis for successful innovation.
Industrial Training and Technological Innovation: An Introduction 1. Industrial Training in Britain and Japan: An Overview 2. The Development of Engineering Education and Training in Britain and Japan 3. The Fashioning of Higher Technical Education in Britain: The Case of Manchester, 1851-1914 4. ‘A Certain Short-sightedness’: Metalworking, Innovation and Apprenticeship, 1897-1939 5. Japanese Technical Manpower in Industry, 1880-1930: A Quantitative Survey 6. The Education of Engineers in Modern Japan: An Historical Perspective 7. In-Firm Training at Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard, 1884-1934 8. Technology and Labour in a Dual Economy: From Natural Rubber to Synthetic Resin 9. The Persistence of Apprenticeship in Britain and its Decline in the United States 10. Organisational capabilities in American industry: The Rise of and Decline of Managerial Capitalism