Windows on the Workplace Computers, Jobs, and the Organization of Office Work

ISBN-10: 1583671137
ISBN-13: 9781583671139
Edition: 2nd 2004
Authors: Joan Greenbaum
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 6/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 170
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

"A valuable contribution to public policy debates concerning the workplace of the future and the nature and implications of the 'information economy.'" Choice (of the first edition) In this eye-opening book, Joan Greenbaum tells the story of changes in management policies, work organization, and the design of office information systems from the 1950s to the present. She describes the impact of new technologies on the organization of working life with a keen awareness of the social forces that seek to benefit from them, showing how the process is driven by the needs of capitalist profit and control over the workforce rather than the good of society or greater efficiency. Windows on the Workplacetakes as its starting-point the experience of office workers and their own accounts of it. The book includes interviews with a wide range of workers, including young people entering a workplace in which the expectation of stable, long-term employment has all but disappeared. Greenbaum's approach is to locate their experiences and expectations within broader social and economic patterns, and to show how these patterns are constantly changing. In a field that is constantly changing, this book captures the moment and clarifies the direction in which it is moving. It exposes the myth that technological advance and free market economics are creating a better future for all, and reveals the reality behind the myth.

Preface
Introduction: Through the Looking Glass
The 1950s and 1960s: Dawn of the Computer Age
The 1970s: The Office as the Factory of the Future
The 1980s: Stumbling Toward "Automated" Offices
The Early 1990s: Reengineering the Office
The Late 1990s: Enter the Internet
The Office of the Future Is Everywhere
Shaking Off False Assumptions
Postscript
Endnotes
Useful Resources
Index

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