The case studies and analyses developed in this timely book provide insight into the structural features of small- and medium-sized firms in the information technology sector, and the implications of these features for the careers of people who are employed by them.
Using research conducted in Australia, Canada, England and the United States, the contributors explore how individuals manage their paid work within firms that are struggling to survive and compete in global economies. The book discusses the tensions that arise as workers and owners struggle for personal and firm survival, two processes that are often contradictory and occasionally produce conflict. The firms in this study show how the character of the small, New Economy is changing the relationship between employers and employees in increasingly significant ways.
A broadly international audience of scholars, students, human resource professionals and policymakers in business, public policy, economics and sociology will find this book of great interest.
Edited by Julie Ann McMullin, Professor of Sociology, University of Western Ontario, Canada and Victor W. Marshall, Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US
Contents: 1. Introduction: Aging and Working in the New Economy Julie Ann McMullin and Victor W. Marshall 2. Making a Life in IT: Jobs and Careers in Small and Medium-sized Information Technology Companies Victor W. Marshall, Jennifer Craft Morgan and Sara B. Haviland 3. New Careers in the New Economy: Redefining Career Development in a Post-internal Labor Market Industry Sara B. Haviland, Jennifer Craft Morgan and Victor W. Marshall 4. Shifting Down or Gearing Up? A Comparative Study of Career Transitions Among Men in Information Technology Employment Gillian Ranson 5. Employment Relations and the Wage: How Gender and Age Influence the Negotiating Power of IT Workers Elizabeth Brooke 6. Knowledge Workers in the New Economy: Skill, Flexibility and Credentials Tracey L. Adams and Erin I. Demaiter 7. Formal Training, Older Workers, and the IT Industry Neil Charness and Mark C. Fox 8. The Structure of IT Work and its Effect on Worker Health: Job Stress and Burnout Across the Life Course Kim M. Shuey and Heather Spiegel 9. Flexibility/Security Policies and the Labor Market Trajectories of IT Workers Martin Cooke and Kerry Platman 10. Work and the Life Course in a New Economy Field Victor W. Marshall and Julie Ann McMullin Index