There is a general consensus that deep-seated changes are reshaping the way production and work are organized, the way employees, employers and their representatives deal with each other, and the way governments seek to shape society. In this work a group of leading scholars take stock of the evidence and implications of the new workplace. Drawing on examples from a variety of national contexts, they seek to characterize the nature of contemporary workplace change, and assess its implications for the organization of work for workers, for employment relations and for public policy.
Jacques Belanger, Antony Giles, Paul-Andre Lapointe and Gregor Murray are all at Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada.
Introduction - assessing the prospects for the high-performance workplace; towards a new production model - potentialities, tensions and contradictions, Jacques Belanger, Anthony Giles and Grogor Murray; new forms of work organization in the workplace - transformative, exploitative, or limited and controlled?, Paul Edwards, John Geary and Keith Sisson; the impact of new forms of work organization on workers, Eileen Appelbaum; workplace innovation and the role of institutions, Paul R. Belanger, Paul-Andre Lapointe and Benoit Levesque; North American labour policy under a transformed economic and workplace environment, Richard P. Chaykowski and Morely Gunderson.