The Transition to Flexibility

Editors: Knudsen, Daniel C. (Ed.)

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The advanced capitalist nations are currently undergoing an enormous economic, social, and political transformation. At the heart of this transformation is the transition between large scale, standardized production (Fordism) and new, more flexible approaches to manufacturing (flexibility), and a concomitant extension of manufacturing to include products both concrete (goods) and ephemeral (services). This volume explores the consequences of this transition from the standpoints of technology, labor relations, firm strategy, education, government programs, and geography.
The book is a collection of papers by well-known scholars investigating the current global transition from mass consumption and production to flexible production for niche markets. The book is unique in that it not only discusses standard economic concerns, but also investigates the social and political implications of this transition. Each chapter is concerned with a different aspect of the same restructuring process.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The Current Transition in Industrial Capitalism

    Knudsen, Daniel C. (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Technology, Competitiveness, and Flexibility: Constantly Evolving Concepts

    Malecki, Edward J.

    Pages 15-32

  • Labor and Capitalist Accumulation in the Late Twentieth Century: What and Who is Flexible?

    Kenney, Martin (et al.)

    Pages 33-47

  • Preparing Workers and Students for the New Workplace

    Mikulecky, Larry

    Pages 49-65

  • Large Firm Strategies: Spatial Patterns of Production

    Pavlik, Claire Ellen

    Pages 67-86

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Transition to Flexibility
Editors
  • Daniel C. Knudsen
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-1-4613-1425-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4613-1425-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-9760-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-8619-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 186
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