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Assignment Questions

Labor Management Research

Week 1 – Discussion 1

Labor-management (or capitalist-working class) relations and conflict was a central element of Marx’s analysis of capitalism. Conduct a web search using the key words “labor-management relations” and locate some recent concrete examples from websites (labor or corporate) and news postings that indicate how the relations between labor and management continue to be characterized by conflict, compromise, and negotiation. Post the links on the website and discuss your findings. ******PLEASE DO A RESEARCH AND ANSWER EACH QUESTION INDIVIDUALY***** (1st PAGE)

Week 1 – Discussion 2

Evaluate the following quotes in the context of the organizational tensions and concepts discussed in class. How can these statements about organizational processes be related and interpreted in light of the organizational tensions, paradox, and other concepts and frameworks discussed in the text?
“The stars are indifferent to our opinion of them, and the tides are independent of our theories about them. Human behavior, however, is directly influenced by our actions and our theories of action.”
” . . .what’s at stake in the division of labor is never simply who does what. Bundles of tasks and the sometimes contested occupational labels associated with them are linked to status, compensation, and position within a hierarchy of authority, and access to promotion.”
“Whatever the advantages of dividing a large job into a series of smaller jobs – heightened efficiency, cheapening of labor, tighter control over labor – it is often offset by gains in worker commitment, adaptability to innovation, and increased throughput tied to broader job classification.”******PLEASE DO A RESEARCH AND ANSWER EACH QUESTION INDIVIDUALY***** (2nd PAGE)

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