ERIC Number: ED217149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Efforts of Business to Improve Human Productivity and Quality of Work Life: Training Implications for Community/and Technical Colleges.
Huddleston, Kenneth F.
Productivity is a major issue in every discussion about the national economy. There is growing evidence that lagging productivity is one of the roots of the national economic slowdown, manifested in high rates of inflation and unemployment, increased federal deficits, and in reduced ability to compete in international markets. Many economists believe that the United States needs a new framework for economic understanding in order to bring back productivity. The economists recommended investment in both human and technological capital. Community and technical colleges have vital roles to play in developing human resources; they are the only existing system for delivering much of the needed training to working adults. It will be essential for colleges to establish closer collaboration with business and industry, to support fast-response training programs, and continually to assess the needs of the business and industries of their areas. It will be crucial for the decision makers of the community and technical colleges to understand the training needs and the emerging management practices that are being used by business and industry to improve productivity and the quality of work life. Two of these practices are job retraining and employee participation, and both could require training that could be delivered through collaboration between business, industry, and community and technical colleges. (The paper identifies the emerging training needs that will be crucial in the years to come and provides practical suggestions for strengthening community college-business ties.) (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.