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A Business and Labour History of Britain
Case studies of Britain in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
 
 
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31 Aug 2011
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The authors bring together historical case-study evidence from the public and private sectors to provide valuable insights in the field of work organization, the social relations of production and the detailed division of labour in some key British industries and workplaces between the 1830s and the 1990s. These studies reveal the constant ebb and flow of power and influence between capital and labour and the initiatives both sides took to defend their interests. Over this extended span of history such cases identify a series of constants that have come to reflect the unique qualities of the relationship between British capital and labour and the sectors and industries that have given this country such a distinctive and, as some might argue, skewed economic structure.

Notwithstanding the diversity of these cases, extending over time, and place, the common thread which connects them is that they examine changes in aspects of the labour process, such as scientific management, mechanization, deskilling, micro-technology, gender division of labour, work organization and labour relations, in differing industries.


Description

The authors bring together historical case-study evidence from the public and private sectors to provide valuable insights in the field of work organization, the social relations of production and the detailed division of labour in some key British industries and workplaces between the 1830s and the 1990s. These studies reveal the constant ebb and flow of power and influence between capital and labour and the initiatives both sides took to defend their interests. Over this extended span of history such cases identify a series of constants that have come to reflect the unique qualities of the relationship between British capital and labour and the sectors and industries that have given this country such a distinctive and, as some might argue, skewed economic structure.

Notwithstanding the diversity of these cases, extending over time, and place, the common thread which connects them is that they examine changes in aspects of the labour process, such as scientific management, mechanization, deskilling, micro-technology, gender division of labour, work organization and labour relations, in differing industries.


Contents

Introduction: Themes and Historical Backdrop; M.Richardson & P.Nicholls
Labour, Management and Control: the Early Railway Industry in Britain; P.Nicholls
Women, Mechanization and Cost-Savings in Twentieth-Century British Banks and other Financial Institutions; P.Wardley
Bliss Tweed Mill Strike 1913–14: Causes, Conduct and Consequences; M.Richardson
Rapprochement and Retribution: the Divergent Experiences of Workers in Two Large Paper and Print Companies in the 1926 General Strike; M.Richardson
Work Relations: Compositors' Experiences in a Family-Owned Printing Company, J.W. Arrowsmith 1918-1939; M.Richardson
Organisation, Ideology and Control: Founding Principles: the Case of the BBC; P.Nicholls
Taylorism in the Mines? Technology, Work Organization and Management in British Coal-mining before Nationalization; S.Tailby
Shop-floor Bargaining and the Struggle for Job Control in the British Automobile and Aerospace Industries 1950—1982; M.Richardson, P.Stewart & A.Danford


Authors

MIKE RICHARDSON is an Associate Fellow in Human Resource Management at the University of the West of England, UK. His research interests include UK labour history, contemporary industrial relations, labour process and the sociology of work.
His recent co-authored publications include Partnership and the High Performance Workplace: Work and Employment Relations in the Aerospace Industry, The Reality of Partnership at Work, Flexibility at Work, Critical Developments in the International Automobile Industry, and We Sell Our Time No More: Workers' struggles against lean production in the British car industry.

PETER NICHOLLS is Head of the Human Resource Management department, and an international coordinator for overseas programmes at the University of the West of England, UK. He has taught on the MBA Programme at the University of Shenzen, China. His research interests are in business and labour history, industrial sociology, the labour process and Bolivian labour markets. Peter co-edited the 1st and 2nd editions of Employee Relations and his other publications include: 'Bolivia: Between a Rock and a Hard Place'; in Capital and Class.