Rosemary Batt

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780199299249
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C


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The changing nature of work, technology, and the division of labor in the last quarter of the twentieth century has been a central preoccupation of scholarship on organizations. Debate has centered on the extent to which a fundamental shift in employment systems has occurred — from Fordist to post-Fordist models. The accumulated body of survey research over the last twenty years provides ample evidence that fundamental changes have occurred in employment systems. This article gives some examples to illustrate the complexities of interpreting the extent and nature of change in the organization of work and labor markets.

Keywords: work; technology; division of labor; employment systems; post-Fordist models; labor markets

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Subjects: Business and Management ; Business Ethics

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