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Other titles in the Plenum Studies in Work and Industry series:
Employment Relations in France: Evolution and Innovation (Plenum Studies in Work and Industry)by Alan Jenkins
Synopses & Reviews
This book traces the development of employment relations in France since 1968 and analyzes the main forms of evolution and innovation in two areas; human resources management and industrial relations. The author documents how contemporary employment relations in France have emerged through innovation and struggle and how these processes can contribute to wider debates over changes in employment relations in other industrial societies.
Book News Annotation:
Jenkins (Ecole Sup<'e>rieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, Cergy-Pontoise, France) synthesizes empirical research done in French and English with classical themes of work organization, industrial relations, and personnel management. Specific themes include employee involvement and participative management, negotiation of technological changes in the workplace, lean production and total quality management, individualization in human resources management, downsizing and restructuring management practice, contract and time flexibility, and work issues in interaction with wider social crises.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-229) and index.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The French Exception. 1. An Institutional Legacy. 2. A New Era of Reform. A Brief Guide to the Following Chapters. 1: The `Reform of Work' and the Evolution of Participative Management in France. Introduction. 1. Employee Involvement in France: Perspectives and Strategies. 2. The Impact of 1970's Workplace Experimentation. 3. The Auroux Laws of 1982. 4. The Progression of Work Reform; Expression Groups and Quality Circles in the 1980's. 2: A Decade of Technological Modernization: Negotiation and Organizational Change During the '80's. 1. The Strategies of Institutional Actors in France. 2. Emergent Patterns of Negotiation of Technological Change. 3. Work Organization in the French Firm at the Dawn of the 90's. Conclusion: The Lessons of French Experience. Appendix: The Participative Introduction of Automation; the Case of Peugeot and `Projet ISOAR'. 1. Introduction. 2. The Environment of Peugeot in 1982 and ISOAR's Origins. 3. ISOAR - Principal Phases and Working Groups. 4. The Production of Analyses and Proposals. 5. Decisions, Action and Assessments. 6. The Impact of ISOAR. 3: Towards Quality and Process Redesign: Lean Production in French Industry. 1. Total Quality Management and its Spread as `La qualité totale' in France. 2. `Just-in-Time' Within Lean Production. 3. Management and Work Under `Lean Production'. 4: Decentralized Bargaining and the Spread of Individualization in Appraisal and Remuneration. 1. The Scale of the Diffusion of Individualization. 2. Impacts of Individualization in the Firm; New Workplace Identities? 5: Employment Crisis, Restructuring and `Downsizing'. 1. Employment Crisis and Downsizing in France. 2. French Multinationals, Negotiated Restructuring and European Industrial Relations: A Tale of Two Companies. 6: The Impact of New Flexibilities in Working Time and Contracts. 1. French Innovations in the Use of Working Time. 2. Contractual Flexibility, Company Employment Strategies and the Problem of Insecurity. Conclusion: Employment Insecurity and the Future of Flexibility. 7: Conclusion: Crisis, Conflict and Reform in French Work and Society. 1. Crisis in Work and in Organized Labour: The Recent Resurgence of Industrial and Social Conflict. 2. Crisis of Politics and the `Elite-Mass' Relationship. 3. Crisis of Values, Crisis of `Identity'? Conclusion: On Reform.
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