Sept23lecture - September 23rd, 2008 Worker Autonomy and...

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September 23 rd , 2008 Worker Autonomy and Participation 1. Post-Fordism: a. Fordism – is the economic philosophy that widespread prosperity and high corporate profits can be achieved by high wages that allow the workers to purchase the output they produce. b. Fordism and Taylorism are very similar. Scientific management comes into place. Take all the knowledge and skills and rationalize it by getting a manager in to find ways to break up the tasks of the workers so the workers have smaller tasks so they will yield high productivity. The workers are isolated from the productive process because all they see is a small part of the whole process. This is a way to keep power in the hands of bosses and managers. Workers traded their autonomy for money. In Japan, they have lifetime employment. Managers bring in the teamwork idea and such so they can keep their workers motivated and productive.
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2009 for the course SOC 359 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas.

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Sept23lecture - September 23rd, 2008 Worker Autonomy and...

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