Corporate American Management Philosophy Term Paper by Wiggy

Corporate American Management Philosophy
A discussion on why corporate America needs to change its management philosophy.
# 147075 | 2,296 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 15, 2011 in History (U.S. After 1865) , Business (General)

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The purpose of this paper is to examine how and why American labor made gains around the time of the Great Depression, lost its power during the 1980s, and faces a bleak future today in the face of aggressive companies who wield great power over employees. The paper
discusses the growing integration of America's economy and American companies into the global economic landscape and why corporate managers need to change their thinking in the interest of long-term viability.


From the Paper:

"The corporate restructuring strategies employed by many firms have had lasting effects on many people as wealth distribution becomes more unequal and the standard of living for many people is harder to maintain. Harrison and Bluestone note how "managers have pared employment and increased the use of 'contingent' labor...and putting more of their own workers on part-time schedules" (Harrison/Bluestone 13). These types of employment practices are useful for companies because they can pay workers less, use them only when they need them, and avoid paying health insurance premiums. For many affected workers, this means it is necessary to work longer hours and have multiple jobs. In addition, it is now common for both parents of a household to work full time to bring in sufficient income to support a family."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gordon, David M. Fat and Mean. New York: Martin Kessler Books, 1996.
  • Harrison, Bennet, and Barry Bluestone. The Great American U-Turn: Corporate Restructuring and the Polarizing of America. New York: Basic Books, 1988.
  • Piven, Fox, and Richard A. Cloward. Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail. New York: Vintage Books, 1977.

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