Abstract

A study was conducted at twelve manufacturing facilities. The data from this study indicated the response of blue-collar workers to imposed technological change can be conceptualized as having seven factors: Disgruntlement, Job-security concerns, Accommodation, Informal learning, Resistance, Discussion, and Formal learning. Cluster analysis of the data identified three types of blue collar workers: Complainers, Team players, and Loners. In this study, membership in the Team players cluster increased as a function of age.

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Theorizing Blue-Collar Response to Imposed Technological Change

A study was conducted at twelve manufacturing facilities. The data from this study indicated the response of blue-collar workers to imposed technological change can be conceptualized as having seven factors: Disgruntlement, Job-security concerns, Accommodation, Informal learning, Resistance, Discussion, and Formal learning. Cluster analysis of the data identified three types of blue collar workers: Complainers, Team players, and Loners. In this study, membership in the Team players cluster increased as a function of age.