New Forms of Work Organization: The Challenge for North American Unions
Published: December 1992© 1992
208 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
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Rankin uses a socio-technical systems framework to analyse the transition, arguing that it encompasses similar views put forward by other disciplines such as production management. Focusing on one case study as an example, he explores the possibilities for unions to sustain themselves while adapting to a new work pattern.
Ranking concludes that adaptation requires a fundamental change in traditional union policies and practices, but that it is achievable. The result is a new, post-industrial form of unionism in which a strong and independent union and a new pattern of work organization can be mutually reinforcing.