ERIC Number: ED260222
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: N/A
Exploitation: One View of Industry and Business. Training and Development Research Center: Project Number Ten.
Swanson, Richard A.; And Others
A reasonable definition of exploitation is an unjust or improper use of another person for one's own profit or advantage. Exploitation predates the age of industry; it is not the sole province of industry and business. Worker responses to exploitation in the evolving industrial democracy have taken the form of labor unions, political clubs, credit unions, and recreational clubs. Business and industry have not eradicated exploitation but have come a long way in neutralizing its effects through concern with quality of product, service, and work life. The complexity of modern industry and business and the multiplicity of interrelationships require a new model to explain the concept of exploitation as its relates to the workplace. It must delineate relationships where the possibility of exploitation exists and describe what constitutes the absence or neutralization of exploitation. In a two-axis matrix, the environment of industry and business is broken down into groups of interested parties: owners, employees, and society at large. All of the groups exist in a state of tension because each seeks its own advantage. A line of equilibrium indicates the points at which the gains of both parties in the relationships are equivalent. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.