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Title:
Employing bureaucracy : managers, unions, and the transformation of work in American industry, 1900-1945
Author:
Jacoby, Sanford M., 1953-
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Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, [1985]

©1985
Physical Description:
377 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780231057561
Format :
Book

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Employing Bureaucracy represents an important addition to the growing literature on the evolution of labor-management relations in the US. Jacoby contends that an unlikely alliance of trade unionists, social reformers, and personnel managers pushed for more systematized employment practices in order to reduce the authority of foremen and other low-level supervisors over daily workplace operations. These three groups attributed much of the labor unrest of the late 19th and early 20th centuries to the arbitrary exercise of authority by shop-floor managers over such issues as wage rates, promotions, and terminations. From this perspective some of the most crucial battles in the development of modern personnel practices took place, not between capital and labor, but within the ranks of management itself. The book follows the standard scholarly format and contains statistical charts that add little to the author's presentation. This work should be read in conjunction with Dan Clawson, Bureaucracy and the Labor Process (CH, Dec '80), Daniel Nelson, Managers and Workers (CH, May '76), Richard C. Edwards, Contested Terrain (CH, Sep '79), and Harry Braverman, Labor and Monopoly Capital (CH, May '75), among others. For academic libraries serving advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.-H. Harris, Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington Campus