News Corporation, Technology and the Workplace: Global Strategies, Local Change

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  • Copyright: 2000-02-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This book, which includes extensive interview material and primary research, examines technological innovation and workplace restructuring carried out by News Corporation in its newspaper holdings in Britain, the United States and Australia. Timothy Marjoribanks finds that while some outcomes at various local sites were similar, many were dramatically different. His study reveals that the nature of existing social relations in a particular location has a major impact on workplace reforms. The book finds that the prevailing balance of power between trade unions and workers, management and employers, and the role of the state in these relationships are the most influential factors in determining the course of events. Significantly, it emphasises the importance of analysing the connections between events occurring locally, nationally and globally if we are to understand the growing influence of corporate actors such as News Corporation.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgements vii
Abbreviations ix
Introduction Tales from the Workplace 1(6)
Part I Technological Innovation and Workplace Reorganisation: The Newspaper Industry
Global Technology and the Local Workplace: A Theoretical Debate
The Institutional and Societal Context: Britain, Australia and the United States
The Newspaper Industry: Historical Developments in the Three Countries
Part II Technological Innovation and Workplace Reorganisation: News Corporation
News Corporation Limited: A Global Media Company
News International and Wapping
The Adelaide Advertiser: Wapping South?
News Corporation in the United States. The Land of Opportunity?
Conclusion: News Corporation: Combining the Global and the Local
Bibliography 200(15)
Index 215

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