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ERIC Number: ED105136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Advances in Work Organisation.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
A 1973 international management seminar, sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, provided an opportunity for representatives from various countries to share innovations in work organization. It appears that attitudes toward work and working life are changing throughout the industrialized world; part of the dilemma is that values and attitudes are emerging too slowly or pulling in opposite directions. Seminar discussions reflected the need to balance improved productivity with increased job satisfaction and to "debureaucratize" work organization. The selected cases presented at the seminar represented many experimental changes in various parts of the industrialized world. Strategies for change in the case reports could be categorized as: (1) changes in management attitudes and functions, (2) changes in job design and work organization on the shop floor, and (3) changes in formal representative systems. Various strategies exemplified by the cases could be traced to different schools of behavioral sciences. A common denominator to all changes was that in some way they implied broader employee participation in management functions. Dissemination of innovations at national and international levels is a gradual process, and national productivity institutes, international enterprises, and international conferences play important roles. (The 75 participants from 23 countries are listed.) (EA)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Behavioral Sciences, Change Strategies, Communication (Thought Transfer), Foreign Countries, Human Resources, Industrial Structure, Innovation, Intercultural Programs, Job Satisfaction, Management Development, Organizational Change, Productivity, Seminars, Supervisory Methods, Technology, Work Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: United States