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The New American Workplace

The New American Workplace

The Follow-up to the Bestselling Work in America

James O'Toole and Edward E. Lawler III; foreword by Susan R. Meisinger

St. Martin's Press



Thirty years ago, the bestselling "letter to the government" Work in America published to national acclaim, including front-page coverage in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. It sounded an alarm about worker dissatisfaction and the effects on the nation as a whole. Now, based on thirty years of research, this new book sheds light on what has changed - and what hasn't. This groundbreaking work will illuminate the new critical issues - from worker demands to the new ethical rules to the revolution in culture at work.


Praise for The New American Workplace

“Offers a persuasive argument for high-wage, self-managed employment. . . . Employees confronting the changed world of work will be better off for reading it.” —BusinessWeek

“This comprehensive and authoritative volume presents the latest information on trends and conditions in the U.S. workplace with clarity and tangible detail.” —Library Journal

“. . . an optimistic updating . . . also reckons with technological forces and a global economy that are radically and rapidly disrupting business organizations.” —Fast Company

“James O'Toole and Edward E. Lawler definitely tackle 'must-address' topics in their examination of the American workplace, including outsourcing, immigration, compensation, public policy, and work/life issues.” —IndustryWeek

“A thoroughly researched inquiry into the dramatic transformation of work in America, The New American Workplace challenges everyone - employers, workers and elected officials - to act now to keep our country competitive in the 21st century.” —U.S. Representative Tom Allen

The New American Workplace provides a compelling account of the pressures for change in the workplace and how they are playing out for employers and employees.” —Peter Cappelli, Editor of The Academy of Management Executive and Director of the Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

“This book makes a compelling argument about where the workplace has been, where it is now, and where it is going . . .it raises questions and provides insight about what the US and organizational managers need to do to remain competitive.” —Human Resource Planning

“It would be impossible to understand the 21st-century workplace without this book. Certainly the management book of the year; probably of this decade.” —Warren Bennis, author of On Becoming a Leader

“In this revealing work, O'Toole and Lawler highlight the growing sophistication required of all interested parties and the increasing interdependencies that each must exhibit if the United States is to survive and thrive in the years ahead. The insights they offer are both intimidating and exhilarating and lay out the challenges that all of us will have to take on in the years to come.” —Dave Pace, Executive Vice-President, Partner Resources, Starbucks Coffee Company

“Filled with both information and insight, the book provides a fantastic overview of the contemporary world of work and what that picture says about public policy imperatives.” —Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First, Professor, Stanford Business School

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About the author

James O'Toole and Edward E. Lawler III; foreword by Susan R. Meisinger

James O'Toole was chairman of the task force that created Work in America. He is a Research Professor in the Center for Effective Organizations at USC. Formerly Executive VP of the Aspen Institute, he has published thirteen books and over seventy articles. He lives in San Francisco and Malibu. Edward E. Lawler III is founder and Director of the Center for Effective Organizations and Distinguished Professor in the Marshall School of Business, both at USC. He is author or co-author of over thirty-five books and more than three hundred articles. Business Week proclaimed Lawler one of the top six gurus in the field of management, and Human Resource Executive called him one of HR's most influential people. He lives in Los Angeles.

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