- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Texts and Times Mapping the Changing Study of Work and Organizations
- Labor Markets and Flexibility
- Organizations and the Intersection of Work and Family: A Comparative Perspective
- Gender, Race, and the Restructuring of Work: Organizational and Institutional Perspectives
- Skill Formation Systems
- Technology and the Transformation of Work
- Groups, Teams, and the Division of Labor: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Organization of Work
- Introduction: Unmanageable Capitalism?
- The Diffusion and Domestication of Managerial Innovations: The Spread of Scientific Management, Quality Circles, and TQM between the United States and Japan
- Managers, Markets, and Ideologies: Design and Devotion Revisited
- Human Resource Management
- Knowledge Management
- Industrial Relations and Work
- Labor Movements and Mobilization
- Resistance, Misbehavior, and Dissent
- Manual Workers: Conflict and Control
- Service Workers in Search of Decent Work
- What we know (And Mostly Don't Know) about Technical Work
- The Changing Nature of Professional Organizations
- Ports and Ladders: The Nature and Relevance of Internal Labor Markets in a Changing World
- Introduction: The Reorganised Economy
- Organizations and Organized Systems: From Direct Control to Flexibility
- Interfirm Relations as Networks
- Changes in the Organization of Public Services and their Effects on Employment Relations
- Understanding Multinational Corporations
- Corporate Restructuring
- Beyond Convergence and Divergence: Explaining Variations in Organizational Practices and Forms
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines evidence about contemporary work and workers and then moves on to examine worker attitudes and responses towards management and trade unions. Evidence is drawn from as wide a range of countries as possible, but survey data on worker attitudes tends to come from the United Kingdom and the United States. In the light of this material, the initial arguments about the decline of unions and collective action can be reexamined. Many of the points in this article reflect an observation made long ago by two of the most acute observers of the capitalist mode of production: ‘In proportion as the bourgeoisie, i.e. capital, is developed, in the same proportion is the proletariat, the modern working class, developed’.
John Kelly is Professor of Industrial Relations at Birkbeck College, University of London. His recent publications include Union Organization and Activity (edited with Paul Willman, 2004), Varieties of Unionism: Strategies of Union Revitalization in a Globalizing Economy (edited with Carola Frege, 2004), Industrial Relations: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management, 5 vols. (editor, 2002), Rethinking Industrial Relations: Mobilization, Collectivism and Long Waves (1998).
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