Chapter 12 - Chapter 12: Employee Involvement From...

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Chapter 12: Employee Involvement From Taylorism to Workplace Participation What is Taylorism? (Scientific Management) Basic principles of Taylorism: o Separate the thinking from the doing. o Simplify and scientifically manage tasks. o Maximize the pace of work. o Ford’s assembly line mechanizing work: www.youtube.com/watch? Strengths of Taylorism: o Enhanced productivity. o Fits emphasis on quantity over quality. o Unskilled workers benefited by sharing productivity gains through collective bargaining and earning middle class wages. Why the troubles with Taylorism? Work life: o Pressure from a changing workforce. o Declining benefits in wage increases. Productivity: o Pressure from growing international competition. o Demand for higher quality products. o Need for greater flexibility in responding to customers. Workplace Participation Programs Quality of Working Life (QWL): o Experimental problem solving and participation programs in the 1970’s to
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