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Title:Employee involvement, technology and job tasks PDF Logo
Authors:Green, Francis
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:School of Economics discussion papers 09,03
Abstract:Using new job requirements data for Britain I show that there has been a rise in various forms of communication tasks: influencing and literacy tasks have grown especially fast, as have self-planning tasks. External communication tasks, and numerical tasks have also become more important, but physical tasks have largely remained unchanged. Although the classification of tasks as programmable or otherwise is found to be problematic, computer use accounts for much of the changed use of generic skills. Going beyond the technology, I investigate whether organisational changes requiring greater employee involvement explain some of the new skill requirements. Using either industry or occupation panel analyses, I find that employee involvement raises the sorts of generic skills that human resource management models predict, in particular three categories of communication skills and self-planning skills. These effects are found to be independent of the effect of computers on generic skills.
Subjects:communication skill
literacy
numeracy
computers
autonomy
JEL:J21
J23
J24
J29
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:School of Economics Discussion Papers, University of Kent

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