This book offers a systematic approach not only to understanding workplace change, but alternative models and practical steps that can be taken to create change. It demonstrates how the sociological perspective helps to understand the rise of Net-Works as a new organizational form in the global economy and a way to envision new alternative work arrangements.
Marvin Finkelstein is professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He received his Masters Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations and Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University. He was President of the Faculty Senate at SIUE and is Executive Director of the Labor Management Committee Southwestern Illinois. He developed an Applied Sociology Program in Employment Relations in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies at SIUE. He established the SIUE Problem Solving Center that helps groups solve problems more effectively using cutting edge computer software. He has been an advisor, consultant, and trainer for labor and management for over 20 years. He has coordinated the Construction Foreman Development Program at SIUE for five years and has been an instructor in that program since 1995. He has published several articles focusing on employment and workplace change in the global economy, and is the author of Workplace Change in the Global Net-Work Economy (forthcoming).
Chapter 1 The Workplace is Socially Constructed Chapter 2 You and Your Workplace Chapter 3 Culture Can Make Your Dreams Come True Chapter 4 Teamwork Trumps Individualism at Work Chapter 5 Diversity Defines the Workplace 6 Technology: The Gift of Fire Chapter 7 Labor Management Cooperation and the New Labor Relations Chapter 8 Work and Family in the Global Community Chapter 9 Guideposts for Workplace Change