Organizational Perspectives Wrought by Current Social Change.
ROCHESTER UNIV NY MANAGEMENT RESEARCH CENTER
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This report concerns how social, economic and technological changes will continue to affect the nature and meaning of work in our society. Already, automation has arisen as a consequence of our persistent drives for more efficient ways of doing work and our expanding technological capabilities. Its emergence has, in time, changed the complexion of the labor force. Fewer workers are involved in processing and production of goods and more are involved in service occupations. For example, proportions of assembly line workers and miners show continuing declines coupled with steady increases in physicians assistants and teachers in the health professions. Many other trends, now underway, will have pronounced effects on the world of work. The most important of these trends include population growth, continuing technological change, a revolution of rising expectations, continuation of the so-called generation gap, changing popular culture, and death andor decline of traditional institutions. Each of these trends and their implications for changes in the nature, meaning and institutions of the world of work are discussed.
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