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The Handbook of 21st Century Management provides authoritative insight into the key issues for students in college or corporate courses with a particular emphasis on the current structure of the topic in the literature, key threads of discussion and research on the topic, and emerging trends. This resource is useful in structuring exciting and meaningful papers and presentations and assists readers in deciding on management areas to take elective coursework in or to orient themselves towards for a career. Indeed, familiarity with many of the topics in this Handbook would be very useful in job interviews for positions in business.

Chapter 56: Managing in the New Economy: Restructuring White-Collar Work in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan

Managing in the New Economy: Restructuring White-Collar Work in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan
Managing in the new economy: Restructuring white-collar work in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan

The currently intense phase of international competition and the growing complexities and interconnections of contemporary capitalism have led to widespread assertion that the strategies, organizational forms, and employment systems of large multinational firms have had to undergo radical change. Traditional notions of the security of white-collar workers (especially middle managers) are said to have been sacrificed on the altar of competitiveness. Today's “global” corporations need, according to many arguments, to emulate Anglo-Saxon “best practice” by downsizing and delayering their managerial bureaucracies, in order to cut costs, speed up decision making, reduce bureaucratic ...

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