Syllabus

Section 1: Technology at Work and Technological Change


Technology: definitions and perspectives


Imperatives of technology


Division of labour


Scientific management: contributions of Adam Smith and Charles Babbage


Contribution of F W Taylor


Section 2: Emergence of Fordism


Henry Ford's system

 

Section 3: Alienation and De-skilling


Marx and alienation


Alienation after Marx


Technology and alienation: the Blauner study


De-skilling: technological development as a means of control

 

Section 4: After Fordism


Post-Fordism


Flexible specialisation examined


The flexible firm


Criticisms and evaluation of theories of flexibility


Further evidence on flexible labour approaches


Limits to flexibility


Flexibility: the future - a review of the post-Fordist debate

 

Section 5: New Technology and Work Organisation


Evolution of new work technology


Information technology and its uses


Replacement or compensation


Impact of new technology upon manufacturing


Impact of new technology in the office