Industrial Government. John R. Commons

Paul H. Douglas
1921 Journal of Political Economy  
In addition to the chapters on these individual plants, one chapter is devoted to the organization and efforts of the International Joint Conference Council in the printing industry, and two chapters to the system of representative government in the men's clothing industry of Chicago and Rochester. Following the chapters on the specific experiments are five on the inferences which are drawn from the investigation. The book as a whole is written in a popular style and is an excellent piece of
more » ... cellent piece of high-grade economic reporting. There are, however, instances of faulty analysis, as where the success of the Philadelphia plant of the Link-Belt Company in weathering the war-time labor situation is ascribed primarily to the personality of the superintendent, whereas it was due chiefly to the system of standard tasks with bonuses which enabled men to earn more daily than in most other plants. There are also occasional minor errors as where the National War Labor Board is confused with the Shipbuilding Labor Adjustment Board (p. 353). The book reflects much of the optimism concerning personnel matters which characterized the summer of i919.
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