Economic and technological changes: their effect on organisational management and the implications for working conditions

In the last thirty years, the working world has undergone major economic and
technological developments. Faced with the challenges of a globalised economy,
in which financial markets are increasingly actively involved, firms have
adapted to accommodate the requirement of improved profitability. They have
adopted new modes of organisation enabling them to be more flexible and more
reactive, and they have instigated management methods focused on individual
autonomy. These transformations have profoundly changed the nature of
production activities and the working conditions of employees. Some of these
changes give rise to tension and suffering at work, leading to psychosocial

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1 Introduction
2 Economic and technological changes
2.1 The growing globalisation of the economy and work
2.2 The increasing involvement of financial markets in corporate governance
2.3 The development of advanced information and communication technology

3 New modes of corporate management
3.1 The development of flexible organisation modes
3.2 Overall customer satisfaction at the core of corporate management

4 Impacts on working conditions for employees and psychosocial factors at work
4.1 Intensification of work
4.2 Autonomy counterbalanced by increasingly numerous constraints
4.3 Reinforced monitoring of work
4.4 Encroachment of working time into other living time

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