Book of the Month Archive

Negotiations and Change: from the Workplace to Society (Jan 2001)

Edited by Thomas A. Kochan and David B. Lipsky

Ithaca, NY: ILR Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press. 353 pages
ISBN: 0-8014-4007-6
Call number: HD58.6.N468 2003

Levi's Children: Coming to Terms With Human Rights in the Global Marketplace (Dec 2000)

by Karl Schoenberger

"Overthe last decade, ugly allegations of corporate complicity in human rights violations have exploded into one of the most controversial issues of our times, even inspiring massive demonstrations in Seattle at the World Trade Organization's meeting in the fall of 1999. Using the story of Levi Strauss & Company as a guide, Levi's Children offers a much-needed perspective on the challenges faced by businesses and activists alike...The company earned the praise of human rights activists for initiating a groundbreaking global code of conduct in 1991 before a national furor forced other companies to adopt similar codes. A year later, Levi Strauss was one of the first multinationals to withdraw from Burma, repudiating the repressive military junta. Yet the reversal of its China policy in 1998, five years after it said it would phase out sourcing relationships there on human rights grounds, reveals Levi's struggle to balance ethical values against profits.
Schoenberger takes a critical look at Levi Strauss's decisions, placing them in the larger context of the contentious human-rights debate. He is deeply sensitive to the interests and limitations of multinationals, yet he also calls on them to engage proactively in protecting the rights of citizens of foreign countries where they do business. He stresses the need for rigorous corporate transparency that honestly informs the public of business practices." [from the dust jacket]

New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000. 290 pages
ISBN: 0-87113-809-3

Workplace Studies: Recovering Work Practice and Informing System Design (Nov 2000)

Edited by Paul Luff, Jon Hindmarsh and Christian Heath

The aim of this book is to "bring together a collection of workplace studies which have different substantive concerns and reflect different approaches to understanding technology and organisational conduct. It is also concerned with raising and exploring the more applied issues which arise with workplace studies and in particular the extent to which they may contribute to the design and deployment of new technologies" [from the preface]. The collection consists of two parts: "part one contains a number of detailed case studies that not only provide an insight into the issues central to workplace studies but also some of the problems involved in carrying out such research. Part two focuses on the interrelationship between workplace studies and the design of new technologies."[from the dust jacket] (prd, 11/00)

New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 283 pages
ISBN: 0-19-512886-9

Sweatshops on Wheels: Winners and Losers in Trucking Deregulation (Oct 2000)

by Michael H. Belzer

"Workers in nineteenth-century sweatshops earned low wages and worked long hours in unsanitary and unsafe surroundings. More than a century later these same characteristics have emerged in much of the trucking industry as a result of competitive forces. Sweatshops on Wheels describes the transformation of the trucking industry from a complacent backwater into a competitive powerhouse and the effect of that transformation on truckers. The interstate trucking industry was among the first to deregulate, and it experienced some of the most extreme effects - both positive and negative - of competition. Within five years, truckers transformed themselves from broad utility service providers into niche specialists, creating many distinct service and labor markets... Michael H. Belzer, a leading expert on labor and trucking issues with first-hand experience in the industry, asks us to take a look at the dark side of competition, challenging us to reexamine current public policy trends that have replaced institutional regulation with regulation by the market." [from the dust jacket] (prd, 10/00)

New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. 256 pages
ISBN: 0-19-512886-9

Forecasting Retirement Needs and Retirement Wealth (Sep 2000)

edited by Olivia S. Mitchell, P. Brett Hammond, and Anna M. Rappaport

"What are retirement needs, and how much will we need to save for old age? What is retirement becoming, especially in an era of downsizing and increased opportunities for early retirement? What assets should we hold prior to, and then throughout, the retirement period?...As we move into the twenty-first century, many new retirement-related opportunities and risks confront individuals and employers. Opportunities include the exciting prospects of living longer, living healthier, and living a more productive life than ever before...Forecasting Retirement Needs and Retirement Wealth, drawing on the latest information available on health, wealth, and retirement in America, offers new perspectives on ways to support the expanding population of older citizens. The contributors consider how the concept and process of retirement is evolving." [from the dust jacket] (prd, 9/00)

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000. 373 pages
ISBN: 0-8122-3529-0

Computational Modeling of Behavior in Organizations: The Third Scientific Discipline (Aug 2000)

Edited by Daniel R. Ilgen and Charles L. Hulin

"Behavior in organizations is complex and dynamic in ways that are not easily observable or predictable. Computational modeling is a promising research method that bridges the gap between field and laboratory, demonstrating the final effects of complex interactions. Among the advantages of conducting research in 'virtual organizations' is that it frees the researcher from time constraints and allows the study of behaviors that would not easily be manipulated in real life...Despite the advantages of this methodology, those studying industrial/organizational behavior have been slow to adopt computational modeling...This edited book addresses the reticence of researchers to use computational modeling, advocating a the wider use of this tool. Contributing authors describe their pioneering work in using computational modeling to study a wide range of problems, such as employee withdrawal; faking on personality tests; the formation, continuation, and dissolution of groups; and organizational change." [from dust jacket] (prd, 8/00)

Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2000.
ISBN: 1-55798-639-8

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives (Jul 2000)

Debra E. Bernhardt and Rachel Bernstein

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives brings to life the stories of men and women who, with their hard work and dreams, built New York City in the 20th century. This pictorial history records the everyday lives and struggles of construction workers, longshoremen, sales clerks, garment workers, and other working-class New Yorkers. It provides a glimpse into the traditions and organizations — especially the labor unions — which provided these mostly foreign-born people with a sense of solidarity and security, both emotional and financial. Many of the photographs in this volume are drawn from the collections of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives in the Catherwood Library.(db, 6/00)

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ISBN: 814798667

The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work (Jun 2000)

Joanne B. Ciulla

What is the relationship between our working lives and our private ones? Why are the expressions "get a life" and "get a job" both necessary and antithetical? Are our jobs curses, callings, or both? These are some of the questions posed here by Joanne Ciulla in her examination of the place of work in our lives. Drawing on history, mythology (both ancient and contemporary), popular culture, and practical experience, Ciulla explores the complex, often tendentious relationship between our jobs and our lives, inviting readers to think critically about work and its impact on our lives.

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ISBN: 812929012