ERIC Number: ED051371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr-15
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Technology, Division of Labor and Alienation From Work. Final Report.
Shepard, Jon M.
This study investigated the theory that a worker's relationship to technology instills in him identifiable attitudes about work. Using samples of office workers from a bank and five insurance companies, and samples of factory workers from the oil refining and automobile industries, a total of 1,888 workers were divided into (1) office and factory workers in nonmechanized production, (2) machine operators in mechanized production, and (3) operators in automated production. The findings refute the belief that office and factory workers are becoming similar in work, although it is true for craftsmen and nonmechanized and machine-operating clerks. Convergence in attitudes was found among oil refinery monitors and computer operators and software personnel, apparently because automated technology in the office and factory creates some commonality among workers most closely related to the technology. (BH)
Descriptors: Automation, Job Satisfaction, Occupational Surveys, Technological Advancement, Work Attitudes
National Technical Information Service, Operations Division, Springfield, Virginia 22151 (PB 191 258, MF $0.95; see catalog for hard-copy price)
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington.