Engineering Labour

Engineering Labour

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Engineers, often perceived as central agents of industrial capitalism, are thought to be the same in all capitalist societies, occupying roughly the same social status and performing similar functions in the capitalist enterprise. What the essays in this volume reveal, however, is that engineers are trained and organized quite distinctly in different national contexts. The book includes case studies of engineers in six major industrial economies: Japan, France, Germany, Sweden, Britain and the United States. Through a comparison of these six cases, the authors develop an approach to national differences which both retains the place of historical diversity in the experience of capitalism and accommodates the forces of convergence from increasing globalisation and economic integration. Contributions from: Boel Berner, Stephen Crawford, Kees Gispen, Kevin McCormick and Peter Whalley.Swedish firms are advanced users of automated engineering techniques, such as Flexible Manufacturing Systems, CNC machine tools, robots, and Computer Aided ... technical knowledge of engineers and skilled manual workers for high productivity and product development. ... which is dominated by some old, very large multinational companies (Asea Brown Boveri, Alfa Laval, Atlas Copco, etc.) anbsp;...

Title:Engineering Labour
Author: Peter Meiksins, Chris Smith, Boel Berner
Publisher:Verso - 1996-01

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