Originally published in 1989 this book is a valuable contribution to the development of a non-technological approach in the study of technology and work. The studies compare the introduction and implementation of new technology at work in similar enterprises throughout Europe. The contributors share the basic assumption that the impact of technology varies greatly according to the characteristics of the country and its socioeconomic system. They view changes in work as the result of the complex combinations and interactions of such conditions and technology, rather than of technology per se, and their focus is therefore on the mechanisms and processes which come into play when new technology is being introduced. The book's international scope makes it a rich empirical source of comparative material.
Table of Contents
1. Conditions and Consequences of the Introduction of New Technology at Work Peter Grootings 2. Flexible Machining Systems in the Czechoslovak Engineering Industry Jaroslav Jirásek 3. The Introduction of New Technology in Industrial Enterprises of the German Democratic Republic: Two Case Studies Georg Assmann, Detlev Nagel and Rudhard Stollberg 4. New Technology and Work in Hungary: Technological Innovation Without Organisational Adaptation Katalin Nagy 5. Technological Innovations and Work in the Soviet Union Vitalina Koval and Michael Nochevnik 6. The Taming of New Technology. A Polish Case Study on the Introduction of a Flexible Manufacturing System Jolanta Kulpinska and Slawomir Skalmierski 7. Introduction of Computerised Numerical Control and the Rationalisation of Production: the Belgian Case Roger Kesteloot 8. The Introduction and Use of CNC in the Federal Republic of Germany Otfried Mickler 9. Technological Change in Four British Factories: Some Lessons from the Introduction of CNC Machine Tools Arthur Francis 10. Transforming Industrial Work in Finland Pertti Koistinen 11. Technological Changes in Two Dutch Factories: Control, Flexibility and Learning Jan Berting and Hans van de Braak. Appendix: Typology of Machine-Tool Technologies Roger Kesteloot