Employing Bureaucracy: Managers, Unions, and the Transformation of Work in the 20th Century

TitleEmploying Bureaucracy: Managers, Unions, and the Transformation of Work in the 20th Century
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsJacoby, S. M.
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum
CityMahwah, N.J.
ISBN Number0805844090
Keywordsbusiness history, economics, human resource management, labor history, labor unions, management, personnel managers, sociology
Abstract

Deftly blending social and business history with economic analysis, Employing Bureaucracy shows how the American workplace shifted from a market-oriented system to a bureaucratic one over the course of the 20th century. Jacoby explains how an unstable, haphazard employment relationship evolved into one that was more enduring, equitable, and career-oriented. This revised edition presents a new analysis of recent efforts to re-establish a market orientation in the workplace.

This book is a definitive history of the human resource management profession in the United States, showing its diverse roots in engineering, welfare work, and vocational guidance. It explores the recurring tension between the new professional order and traditional line management. Using a variety of sources, Jacoby analyzes the complex relations between personnel managers, labor unions, and government from the late 19th century to the present. (from Amazon.com)