Systems of Production: Markets, Organisations and Performance

Systems of Production: Markets, Organisations and Performance

Systems of Production: Markets, Organisations and Performance

Systems of Production: Markets, Organisations and Performance

Synopsis

An impressive array of expert contributors come together to provide a study of issues, such as labor market regulation and wages, that have arisen from the fact that people have come to accept longer working hours as a way of life.

Excerpt

The idea for this volume arose out of a conference of the International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation, an informal association of academics and researchers who since the late 1970s have been holding annual conferences to develop an interdisciplinary and institutional approach to the analysis of labour markets and productive systems. in July 2000 the group met at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). the conference took as its theme the application of the notion of productive systems to current academic and policy debates, particularly with respect to the development of the European economy. the title of the conference was 'Towards a productive Europe? Employment and social policy as productive factors?' Deliberate parallels were thereby drawn between the work of the working party, and particularly that of Frank Wilkinson, on the notion of productive systems and the adoption in the late 1990s of the theme 'social policy as a productive factor' as an organizing concept for the work of the Directorate for Employment of the European Commission under the leadership of the then Director-General Allan Larsson.

That conference also marked the retirement of Frank Wilkinson from the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Cambridge in 2001. Frank Wilkinson was one of the founders in 1979 of the International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation, and has played an active role in the Working Party continuously since then. Frank has since taken up a Visiting Professorship at the School of Management and Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London, where he is developing a new programme on the Organization of Work, Economics and Labour Law, aimed at trade unionists and others involved in workplace representation.

During a special day long plenary session, papers were presented on the theme of productive systems, out of which have developed many of the chapters included in this volume. the conference was organized by the European Work and Employment Research Centre at umist and the editors of this volume would like to thank the Manchester team for their work in organizing the event, namely Jill Rubery, Helen Dean, Mary O'Brien, Mark Smith, Damian Grimshaw, Philip Almond and Rebecca Wilson.

Finally, we are grateful to all at Routledge for their assistance throughout the process of producing this book, and in particular to Terry Clague and Robert Langham.

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