Ireland in the 21st Century

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Mercier Press, 1997 - History - 159 pages
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We are living in a period of profound change in the world of work; we are in transition to an information economy which will bring changes as fundamental as did the Industrial Revolution.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
13
PARTI THE FORCES OF CHANGE
15
VALUES LIFESTYLES People are Changing
17
People are Better Off
18
People are More Individualised
19
Attitudes to Work Changing
21
Educational Levels Rising
24
Population Structure Changing
28
Education to Change
82
Learning at Work
85
Learning Organisations
86
Competitiveness a New Definition
87
CHAPTERS THE NEW WORLD OF WORK
91
A Different Image
92
More Decentralisation
93
Networking and Alliances
94

Workforce Ageing
31
Health Improving
32
Family Structures Changing
33
11 More Women Less Men in Paid Employment
34
TECHNOLOGY AND CHANGE The New Revolution
39
Information Communications Technology
41
Biotechnology Genetic Breakthrough
44
ECO Technologies For a Better Environment
46
Space Technology Down to Earth
47
Energy Technologies More Power Less Pollution
48
New Materials Endless List
49
A New World Emerging
51
Development on a Global Scale
52
Money Makes the World Go Around
53
Global Companies CoOperation or Domination
54
Globalisation and World Trade
56
Hi Structure of World Output
58
v Composition of Trade
59
Work without Walls
63
8Is Ireland Vulnerable?
64
10 World Working Conditions
66
HANDLING THE CHANGES
69
SHAPING THE FUTURE
71
Innovation at the Heart of Work
72
Information the New Raw Material
73
Training An Investment that Pays Dividends
77
Work Unfreezing the Frame
79
Industrial Districts
96
New Systems of Communication
97
New Packaging
99
11 Gathered Organ isations
100
Knowledge Content Expanding
101
13 New Sources of Employment
103
15 Services the Main Growth Area
106
16 Manufactu ring Still Important
112
17 New Systems of Manufacturing
115
18 Jobs in the Future
116
MAKING THE NEW WORLD WORK
121
International Framework
122
Unemployment
124
Backwards is not the Way Forward
126
More Economic Growth
129
Promote Open World Trade
132
Loosen the Purse Strings
133
Increase Employment Intensity of Growth
135
Initiatives i Reform Tax System 237
137
b Shift Burden of Taxation
138
Tax on Units of Output
139
iii Reduce Working Time 240
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11 Beyond Welfare
147
12 Losing Old Jobs Creating New Ones
148
13 A Century of Creativity
151
AFTERWORD
152
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