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SOCI 2050
David Stamos

SOCA01 Lecture 4 January 26 2012th Date of MidtermFebruary 18 57pm You should have four sectionsProduction techniques are now the same Lean production at the lowest possible costs and that involved a flexible workforce and people Just in time inventory systemsCompany used to keep 100s of millions of dollars in inventoryYou need huge buildings to store that inventory and you got money tied up and equipment that wont be used for a couple of monthsSteve Jobs is a good example you should never let failure kill you Steve Jobs started apple and board of directors replaced him as the CEO With company founder Jobs started up a new companyMidas Touch when it came to business Apple wasnt doing so well so they asked Jobs backWhen he got back he discovered that Apple had two months of inventor We got the supplier another two daysThis gets vast savingJust in time inventory pioneered by Japanese and now practiced world wideEmployees are talked to be sensitive quality of productA number belongs to an employeeObviously the product he passed If something happens in the meantime and the flaw the person who checked it We call that TQMTotal Quality Management o Japanese pioneered thisAll transnational corporations are involved in this Later unions typically resist total quality management because it required workers to cooperate with management teamUnions want works to stay at arms lengthYou dont want workers being too cozy to managementWorker management hostility or worker management antagothe barrier between workers and union is broken downelectronic surveillance at the workplacebig brother is watching you camera is watching youemployers cant put cameras in washroomopticon refers to a design of early prisons the way they are designed of early prisons there would be a guard tower and the guards could see prisoners at all timesprisoners were never out of sight of guardsthe idea behind that if you know you are being watched you are likely to behaveelectronic surveillance watched AWTActual Working Time o Form of electronic surveillanceo If an employer is working on a computer entering data you cant do it for all jobs o If your job is to sit there at a terminal and enter data what the company does with working time it puts software in the computer and keeps track of when you stop workingo So if you work 7 hours a day and at end of the day printout reveals you only worked 5 hourso Computer supervises workWhen workers are aware of that they are most likely to not slack off
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