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Authority and Control in Modern Industry

Theoretical and empirical perspectives

Paul L. Robertson

Routledge, London & New York, 1999, 246 s. ISBN 0-415-13212-6

This book takes a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches to the issue of organization and authority in the modern corporation. Including contributions from scholars in the US, Germany and Japan, it considers such relations, and the possible advantages of family ownership. The book combines historical and contemporary case studies from a range of different industries.

Introduction Paul L. Robertson
1. The rise of the factory system in Britain: Efficiency of exploitation? S.R.H. Jones, University of Dundee, UK
2. The co-evolution of technology and organisation in the transition to the factory system Richard N. Langlois, University of Connecticut, USA
3. Class structures and the firm: The interplay of workplace and industrial relations in large capitalist environments
Thomas Welskopp, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany
4. Knowledge, information and organisational structures P.P. Saviotti, Universite Pierre Mendes,-France, Grenoble, France
5. Technological change, transaction costs and the industrial organisation of Cotton Production in the US South: 1950-1970 Lee J. Alston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
6. The maintenance of professional authority: the case of physicians and hospitals in the United States Deborah A. Savage, Southern Connecticut State University, USA and Paul L. Robertson
7. Men and monotony: Fraternalism as a managerial strategy at the Ford Motor Company Wayne A. Lewchuk, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
8. Management and labour in German Chemical Companies before World War I Sachio Kaku, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
9. Buddenbrooks revisited: The firm and entrepreneurial family in Germany during the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries Dirk Schumann, Universitat Bielefield, Germany