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Technology and Employment Practices in Developing Countries

1st Edition

By Hubert Schmitz


266 pages

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Originally published in 1985, this book analyses the extent and way in which technological change determines the utilisation of labour in less developed economies. The book compares firms which are technologically very advanced with firms which use less sophisticated machinery and equipment, and analyses how technology shapes their demand for labour. It is concerned with the impact of technological change on the utilisation of labour in terms of number of jobs, recruitment, training, skill requirements, labour turnover, wages and internal mobility; it also investigates the impact on the utilisation of external labour in the form of subcontracting of small producers and employment of outworkers.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Technological Change and Labour Utilisation in Manufacturing Industry: A Review of the Literature 1. The Labour Process in the History of Economic Thought

2. Technology Related Patterns of Labour Utilisation in Developing Countries

Part 2: Technology and Labour in Brazilian Industry

3. The Approach

4. The Cotton Spinning and Weaving Industry

5. The Chemical Fibre Industry

6. The Clothing Industry

7. The Hammock Industry

8. The Spinning and Weaving Industry Continued

Part 3: Towards an Understanding of Industrial Labour Processes in Developing Countries

9. Classifying Technologies

10. Putting Out - Past or Present?

11. Skills and Control

12. Computerization in Developing Countries - Model and Reality

About the Author

Hubert Schmitz

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