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The Politics of Workplace Change: A Case in Telecommunications

The Politics of Workplace Change: A Case in Telecommunications

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Debates about workplace change have been influenced by interest in the high-performance" workplace. Practices such as cross-functional teams job rotation multi-skilling and employee involvement are touted as rational responses to the competitive conditions that companies currently face. As such contemporary debates generally treat high performance practices and downsizing as mutually exclusive trajectories of corporate reorganization. This book challenges the high performance model by examining a company that uses both high performance and downsizing practices as part of its reorganization strategy. It traces the evolution of different "production regimes" in the US telecommunications industry from a period in which monopoly status created stable conditions for accumulation and accommodation with labor to the post-divestiture period in which the context of labor-management relations has been dramatically altered. The book argues that rather than constituting contradictory approaches to reorganization the combined use of high performance practices and downsizing forms a singular strategy one that is fundamentally changing the employment relationship."