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Economy of Machinery and Manufactures
A classical text from Charles Babbage on the economic functions of machinery and manufectures.
A historical and sociological analysis of the concept of labor.
Syllabus on the relation between technology, labor and organizations.
Machtskansen in arbeidsverhoudingen
Article on power chances in labor relations (in Dutch).
Bibliography on unemployment, social security and poverty in the Netherlands
Bibliographies of books, journals, newspapers, and Internet resources that focus on various issues of working life. There are guides on employee rights, temporary workers, union organizing, globalization, corporate research, alternative forms of ownership, and labor culture. Terence K. Huwe created an introductory guided tour on information resources for labor. It offers a variety of starting points for researchers.
Abolition of Work [Dutch version]
According to Black work the source of nearly all the misery in the world. "Almost any evil you'd care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working." He wants to crate "a new way of life based on play, in other words, a ludic revolution." The adagium of this anti-work manifesto: "Workers of the world ... RELAX!"
Werk, Werk, Werk
A collection photos. Work is wonderful: you can watch it for hours on the WWW.
Zukunft der Arbeit in der "Informationsgesellschaft"
Article on the Future of labor in the information society.
Life and Work in the Revolutionary New World Economy. A resource on new work issues, including headlines, education, commentaries, and archives of previously published material. Editor: Gary Johnson.
The principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
Hours of Labour
In: Economic Journal, September, 1901, footnote 1, pp.363-385.
Chapman's 1909 address on the hours of labour was considered the "classical statement of the theorie of 'hours' in a free market" [J.R. Hicks, Theory of Wages, 1932]. Since that time it virtually vanished from the economic discourse. Why?
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides this electronic publication, a complement to its print counterpart. It includes the same articles, briefs, and tables in roughly the same arrangement with the same purpose. In each issue you will find relevant BLS tables such as the Employment Cost Index, Major Work Stoppages, and the Occupational Compensation Survey. The online edition includes an index of articles published in print since 1996, as well as an archive of past issues.
Articles, software for people who are working together on a comupter mediated distance.
Henry Ford: Why I Favor Five Days' Work with Six Days' Pay
The famous automobile manufacturer explains why he reduced the working week in Ford plants all over the wolrd to forty hours with no cut in pay.
Where is North American Automobile Production Headed: Low-Wage Lean Production
In: EJS 1 (1994).
Information resources from, about and for people with a fysical or mental disability.
Ergonomie Centre for Labour Rehabilitation. (English and Dutch versions)
Computer-Induced Changes in Intellectual and Scientific Work
Conceptualizes types of sources for the gathering of information. Identifies factors for the functional significance of computer-supported information-handling, such as intrapersonal, interpersonal, and institutional functions. Aims at developing scenarios rather than predictions and concludes that computers offer a starting point for a new kind of intellectual activity, the imagining of various possible development patterns for alternative future intellectual worlds.
Die bildunspolitische Debatte am 'Ende der Arbeitsgesellschaft'
A German contribution on the end of the 'labor society'.
Job and Skill Impacts of New Technology in the East Asian Electronics Industry
Findings from Recent Literature and Annotated Bibliography. A review of recent (post-1985) research literature on job and skill impacts associated with new manufacturing technologies and more globalised production in the East Asian electronics export industry. It describes the unique developmental, technological and cultural framework of the industry, as a result of which it has been largely successful in managing the assimilation of new technology. The paper includes an annotated bibliography of over 80 items.
Work and its future
Left Business Observer 72.
Information resources presented by the Mental Help Net.
The UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. The ILO formulates international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommandations setting minimum standards of basic labour rights: freedom of association, the right to organize, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues.
Social Psychology of Work and Leisure
Maintained in Amsterdam by the International Institute of Social History and the Netherlands Economic History Archive.
LaborNet works to support human rights and economic justice for workers by providing Internet services, labor news and information, Internet training, and Web site design for unions. From the Institute for Global Communications (IGC).
Offers a collection of special labor guides on alternative forms of ownership, globalization, labor culture, employee rights, temporary workers, and union organizing. Presented by the Institute of Industrial Relations (IIR), Universiteit van California, Berkeley, USA.
The Future of Work in North America: Good Jobs, Bad Jobs, Beyond Jobs - Summary
Technology and the Work Ethic
Theoretical Consideration in Cross-National Employment Research
In: Sociological Research Online, 1 (1).
A review of a range of theoretical approaches to cross-national employment research in terms of universal, culturalist and intermediary perspectives.
Sex Segregation in the Workplace: Trends, Explanations, Remedies
Deindustrialization: Causes and Implications
Increased globalization has coincided in the past two decades with a shift in labor demand away from less-skilled workers toward those with more skills. This shift in labor demand has widened the gap in wages between the two groups of workers and has raised income inequality and unemployment, primarily among low-skilled workers. This paper summarizes research on the connection between globalization and labor markets in the advanced economies. The technology-driven shift in labor demand away from less-skilled workers and toward more-skilled workers has resulted in increased wage inequality in some countries, and in lower relative employment among unskilled workers in others.
Information resources on RSI, the mouse arm and the carpal tunnel syndroom (CTS)
Extensive list of resources on safety issue, compiled by Christie Communications (Canada).
A book on the virtual reality of labor, with articles from Rudi Schmiede, Andrea Baukrowitz, Nicolai Egloff, Andreas Boes, and Helmut Wenzel. Great stuff.. (only in postscript files - so get your 'Acrobat Reader')
Masculinity and the Meaning of Work: A Response to Manichean Feminism
In: Administration and Society, 27(2): 249-274. See also the Responses to Criticism.
The Shorter Work-Time Group (SWTGp) believes that overwork is a broad social problem in the U.S. today which affects both women and men, of all races, backgrounds, and income levels. Overwork harms our personal, family and community lives and the workplace. It leads to too much work for some, underemployment or unemployment for others. We believe that both women and men will benefit from working less and having more control over their time, if such policies also provide decent wages and benefits. We support shorter work hours, better leave and vacation policies, and more flexible scheduling that meets workers' needs.
A society that seeks to promote the study of labor economics and to make more significant the contribution of labor economics and labor economists. The Society organizes meetings, publicizes work by labor economists, and aspires to provide appropriate recognition to labor economics (Chicago, USA).
Presented by the U.S. Department of Labor. The SOC-system is used by statistical agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data. All workers are classified into one of over 820 occupations according to their occupational definition. To facilitate classification, occupations are combined to form 23 major groups, 96 minor groups, and 449 broad occupations. Each broad occupation includes detailed occupation(s) requiring similar job duties, skills, education, or experience.
Some papers written by sociologists at the University of Lancaster.
Articles from the Japan Labor Bulletin on working conditions and Human Resource Management.
Online resources on world labor and working class internationalism. A selection of internet discussion forums relevant to labor and labor history, and to the labor movement. Editor: Haines Brown (History Dept., C.C.S.U., New Britain, USA).
Wat is een arbeidsmarkt?
Article on the concept of the labor market.
Covers the study of labour market issues in Ireland. Researchers are drawn from University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth College and the Economic and Social Research Institute. Contains information about the group details of seminars and publications as well as links to some full text working papers.
A Dutch site for labor market professionals, offers news, trends and background information on the labor market.
The UK's most comprehensive list of freelancers, including writers, editors, proofreading, freelancing.
Ethnic Differences in the Labour Market: The Role of Education and Social Class Origins
Working Paper Number 2000-01, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, UK.
An exploration of processes of inclusion and exclusion that concentrates on two questions. How far can class origins and qualifications account for ethnic minority disadvantage in Britain? Do they operate in the same way for the ethnic minorities as they do for the white majority? With respect to social inclusion, the results show that class origins and education qualifications can largely account for the overall disadvantages suffered by Irish men who have migrated to Britain, and for about half of the overall Caribbean and Pakistani disadvantage. With respect to social exclusion, social origins and qualifications account for a much smaller proportion of the overall ethnic disadvantages.
A collection of annotated links from the Cornell University, USA.
Articles from the Japan Labor Bulletin on labor market and employment.
An annotated bibliography, presented by the Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University. You may choose from eight different search options, including author, title, citation source, year, and format of the cited work. An excellent resource for anyone who plans to use research based on NLS data.
Research center Labor Market and Immigrants. Department of labor and organizational pychology, Free University, Amsterdam.
The Effect of Globilization on Wages in the Advanced Economies
The advanced economies have witnessed a decline in the share of manufacturing employment in the last two decades. Employment in manufacturing now constitutes only a small fraction of civilian employment in most of the traditional (industrial) countries. This paper argues that, contrary to popular perceptions, deindustrialization is not a negative phenomenon, but is the natural consequence of the industrial dynamism in an already developed economy. North-South trade has had very little to do with deindustrialization. Deindustrialization implies that the growth of living standards in the advanced economies is likely to be increasingly influenced by productivity developments in the service sector. Deindustrialization also implies that the role of trade unions is likely to change over time in the advanced economies.
The main goal of this Dutch association is to improve the information flow regarding the labour market towards students Public Administration. It informs the potential employers on the qualities the Public Administration students have gained in their studies.
Labor Course Outline: microeconomic view on labor markets.
Wage and employment law in Australia with career and employment oppportunities.
Research unit at the Institut für Betriebswissenschaften der Technischen Universität Wien, Austria.
A leading German institute for the analysis and reconstruction of labour processes.
Sociology of labor and gender.
A profile and Japan Labor Bulletin, a monthly journal which introduces up-to-date labor issues in Japan with articles, special topics and statistical information.
The scientist of the University of Amsterdam have gathered their knowledge on labor issues in the "Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies". AIAS is an interdisciplinary research and educational institute that brings together staff from a variety of disciplines.
NIA TNO was created in January 1997 by a merger of the Netherlands Institute for Working Conditions NIA and the Occupational Health Division of TNO. The organisation is active internationally as well as within the Netherlands in a broad but specialised field of work, working conditions, organisation and technology. The philosophy behind the activities is that an efficient and healthy deployment of human resources is crucial to business competitiveness and for an affordable social security system of acceptable quality. (Dutch and English versions).
A research unit which conducts high quality research in the area of work and industrial relations. It's origins lies in the close working relationship that developed between progressive intellectuals and the emerging labour movement in the eighties. Research activities are concentrated om the employment relationship and include a variety of forms of work, both paid and unpaid. SWOP also attempts to maintain communication and interaction with a broad range of actors within the world of work in particular, with organised labour, business, government and other research organisations.
The mission of the center is to create learning partnerships which support the design, implementation, and development of collaborative work systems, thereby maximizing individual & organizational effectiveness.
Devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental factors arising in or from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. Includes the AIHA Journal Online
Promotes the advancement of knowledge in the field of labour economics in Europe and elswhere.
A journal for the science of occuparional and environmental health and safety. Published by the American Industrial Hygiene Association
Zeitschrift für Arbeitsforschung, Arbeitsgestaltung und Arbeitspolitik. Publishes theoretical and empirical studies on labor issues.
A Dutch magazine on labor and labor market issues.
A monthly journal which introduces up-to-date labor issues in Japan with articles, special topics and statistical information.
Labor Conditions in the Netherlands
A collection of links on labor conditions all over the world (FNV Bongenoten).
Extensive Dutch information on occupational safety, health, and corking conditions. Topics include legislation, news, good practices, events, research, discussion, FAQs, training, sector risks, themes and organisations.
Information on labor conditions and environmental issues in the Netherlands, from an employee perspective. Editor: Jan Verhagen.
A Dutch interuniversitary cooperation on labor conditions and environmental issues.
Dutch law on industrial democracy.
Labor Related Mailing Lists
The future of work and all that is associated with it.
International Employee Relations Network.
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Discussion group for worldwide labour issues, moderated.
The changing nature of work.
dr. Albert Benschop
Social & Behavioral Studies
University of Amsterdam
18th September, 2012