Title: Toward less division of labor? New production concepts in the automotive, chemical, clothing, and machine tool industries
Authors: Huys, Rik ×
Sels, Luc
Van Hootegem, Geert
Bundervoet, Jan
Henderickx, E #
Issue Date: Jan-1999
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Series Title: Human Relations vol:52 issue:1 pages:67-93
Abstract: In this contribution, we focus on the results of the Belgian Trend Study. The intention of this study was to examine the prevalence of new production concepts within the widest possible range of companies in the automative, the machine tool, the chemical, and the clothing industries. The Trend Study aimed to answer the following questions: is the Taylorist division of labor a thing of the past? What are the alternatives? Are shifts in the division of labor accompanied by another type of personnel policy, and do traditional industrial relations have to make way for this new approach? The methodological concept used had to guarantee that the findings at the level of each industry could be generalized. Though the picture emerging from the empirical data collected in the four industrial sectors is inevitably diverse, the data make it possible merely to suggest a neo- rather than a post-Taylorist or -Fordist concept.
ISSN: 0018-7267
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Work and Organisation
Research Centre for Organisation Studies, Leuven
Centre for Sociological Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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