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Information Technology and Workplace Democracy

1st Edition

Edited by Martin Beirne, Harvey Ramsay


290 pages

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The revolution in new technology gave rise to new work patterns and improved productivity, all of which affect the management of human resources. Expectations for increased efficiency have not always been fulfilled because of the problems that have arisen in workings of labour relations. How can management maximize the benefits of these technologies while co-operating with their employees? How far are trade unions involved in the decisions as companies adopt new technology? Is the workforce consulted in systems design? This book, originally published in 1992 looks at the problems of developing strategies in information technology when considering labour relations. Experts in industrial sociology, human resource management and organizational behaviour assess the achievements and failures, including consideration of issues such as public sector work, gender and race. Drawing on empirical evidence, the contributors cover a wide range of industries including case studies in electronics and banking, together with international comparisons.

Table of Contents

1. Manna or Monstrous Regiment? Technology, Control and Democracy in the Workplace Martin Beirne and Harvie Ramsay 2. Electronics: A 'Culture' of Participation? Patricia Findlay 3. A Creative Offensive? Participative Systems Design and the Question of Control Martin Beirne and Harvie Ramsay 4. The Intelligent Office and the Locus of Control Peter Bain and Chris Baldry 5. Computerizing the Council: IT, Jobs and Employee Influence in a Local Authority Harvie Ramsay, Chris Baldry, Anne Connolly and Cliff Lockyer 6. Technology and Banking: The Use of Information Technology Peter Cressey 7. Gender, Technology and Democracy at Work Lynn Valentine 8. Trade Union Involvement and Influence Over Technological Decisions Stephen Deery 9. Trade Unions and New Technology: European Experience and Strategic Questions Peter Cressey

About the Editors

Martin Beirne

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