Technological Change and Co-Determination in Sweden

Åke Sandberg
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HC: $59.50
EAN: 978-0-87722-918-6
Publication: Jun 92

360 pages
6 x 9

Examining how labor unions and corporations negotiate and cooperate on job design and computerization and technological change in the workplace


In this book, Åke Sandberg and his colleagues examine how labor unions and corporations negotiate and cooperate on job design and computerization and technological change in the workplace. The research team at the Arbetslivscentrum (The Swedish Center for Working Life) examines organizational problem-solving, from planning and research to resolution. They rely on four illustrative case studies: a Swedish dairy, Postgiro (an office processing payments to postal check accounts), an engineering workshop, and a sugar mill. Building on these studies, the authors compare union participation in modifying and modernizing Swedish work environments to union participation in similar situations elsewhere in Europe and the United States.

This book is the first systematic overview and presentation of social science-oriented and union-oriented worklife research in Sweden. It applies these disciplines to the major organizational changes made possible by the Swedish laws on co-determination—the laws that regulate and encourage joint involvement by union and management in the decision-making process of the organization, especially with regard to technological advancements.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Foreword – Andrew Martin
Abbreviations and Acronyms
1. Introduction
2. Industrial Relations and Co-Determination
3. Innovations in Production and Work Organization
4. Local Unions and Technological Change
5. Case Studies: The Diary and the Postgiro
6. Case Studies: The Engineering Workshop and the Sugar Mill
7. Implications of the Case Studies
8. Comparative Perspectives
9. Multilevel Technology Strategies
10. "New Management" and Good Jobs
Appendix: Some Labor Laws and Agreements
About the Authors

About the Author(s)

Åke Sandberg is Research Director at Arbetslivscentrum and Professor in the Department of Industrial Economics and Management at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

In the Series

  • Labor and Social Change edited by Paula Rayman and Carmen Sirianni

    Labor and Social Change, edited by Paula Rayman and Carmen Sirianni, includes books on workplace issues like worker participation, quality of work life, shorter hours, technological change, and productivity, as well as union and community organizing and ethnographies of particular occupations.