ERIC Number: ED316353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Reviving the Rural Factory: Automation and Work in the South. Executive Summary.
Rosenfeld, Stuart A.; And Others
This document is the executive summary for a two volume report on technological innovation and southern rural industrial development. The first volume examines public and private factors that influence investment decisions in new technologies and the outcomes of those decisions; effects of automation on employment and the workplace; outcomes of investment decisions; associated changes in organization and management philosophy; the role of education; and broader impacts on communities. Volume two is a collection of eight case studies. Most investments in automation are made incrementally to perform specific functions and address particular business objectives. Domestic competition and availability of new technologies are the two most common reasons for automating. Automation investments for these companies have increased capacity, output, productivity, and profitability. New technologies require more skills and flexibility, but provide for greater worker participation and autonomy. Automation is associated with higher-order thinking, more education, and more autonomy and responsibility for workers. Investments in new technologies typically lead to increases in total employment. Firms automating expect vocational education to provide sound basic skills and an ability to learn, rather than equipment-specific skills. Strategies for public sector intervention are suggested in the areas of outreach and information, education and training, and new industrial relationships. (DHP)
Descriptors: Automation, Economic Development, Economic Impact, Economic Research, Industrial Training, Industrialization, Industry, Labor Education, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Technological Advancement, Trade and Industrial Education
Southern Growth Policies Board, PO Box 12293, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (1 copy, free; 2-25, $3.00 each; discounts on larger quantities).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Southern Education Foundation, Atlanta, GA.; Aspen Inst. for Humanistic Studies, New York, NY.; Wye Inst. Inc., Queenstown, MD.; Hitachi Foundation, Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Southern Growth Policies Board, Research Triangle Park, NC.