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Technological Choice and the Organization of Work in Capitalist Firms

Paul L. Robertson and Lee J. Alston
The Economic History Review
New Series, Vol. 45, No. 2 (May, 1992), pp. 330-349
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Economic History Society
DOI: 10.2307/2597626
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2597626
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Abstract

This article develops a framework to explore the relationship between the choice of technology and the organization of work. The framework illustrates how labour and management might react to new technologies. Whether management adopts a new technology depends on total costs, including transaction costs of implementing the new technology. Transaction costs of implementation depend on the range of labour tasks for which a new technology could substitute and the power of labour to block a new technology. Whether new technology lessens or enhances the skills of labour is a result of technological choice rather than a motivation for technological choice.

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