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The 21st century at work: forces shaping the future workforce and workplace in the United States

The 21st century at work: forces shaping the future workforce and workplace in the United States

Karoly, Lynn A., 1961-; Panis, Constantijn W. A

What are the forces that will continue to shape the U.S. workforce and workplace over the next 10 to 15 years? With such inevitabilities as the proliferation and acceleration of technology worldwide, will more individuals work at home, will more businesses outsource their noncore functions--and with what consequences? Answering such questions can help stakeholders--workers, employers, educators, and policymakers--make informed decisions. With its eye on forming sound policy, the U.S. Department of Labor asked the RAND Corporation to look at the future of work in the near-to-medium term. The authors analyzed shifting demographic patterns, the pace of technological change, and the path of economic globalization. They observe, for example, that the workforce will continue to grow--however, at a markedly declining pace--and that the ongoing education of employees will be paramount as new technologies, such as bio- and nanotechnologies, come onto the scene and develop. They also look at the trend of globalization and how it fares for the United States' economy and those of other countries. Overall, the authors provide for the reader expectations about the key forces in the economy today and their implications for the future workforce and workplace, including the size, composition, and skills of the workforce; the nature of work and workplace arrangements; and worker compensation

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND 2004

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Statement of responsibility: Lynn A. Karoly, Constantijn W.A. Panis
ISBN: 0833034928, 0833036181, 1601290055, 9780833034922, 9780833036186, 9781601290052
Note: Print version record.
Note: "Rand Labor and Population."
Note: "Prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor."
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-258).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xlv, 258 pages) : illustrations
Subject: Arbeitsplatz; Employment forecasting United States.; Work environment Forecasting.; United States.; Travailleur.; Working class Forecasting.; Arbeiterklasse; Employment forecasting.; Work environment United States Forecasting.; Main-d'oeuvre.; Arbeitsangebot; POLITICAL SCIENCE Public Policy Social Policy.; Working class United States Forecasting.; USA.; SOCIAL SCIENCE Minority Studies.
Alternative Title: Twenty-first century at work
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. The challenges of looking to the future
  2. A guiding framework
  3. Shifting demographic parameters shaping the future workforce
  4. Slower workforce growth ahead
  5. The workforce is becoming ever more diverse
  6. The key characteristic of the future workforce is skill
  7. Addressing the slowdown in labor force growth
  8. Changing demographics also shift demand for goods and services
  9. Demographics and the future of work
  10. The information age and beyond : the reach of technology
  11. The advent of the information age
  12. Applications of the "new biology"
  13. Nanotechnology : revolutionary technology on the horizon
  14. How technology is affecting the workforce and workplace
  15. Technology and the future of work
  16. A new era of global integration
  17. The phenomenon of economic global integration
  18. Forces behind global economic integration
  19. How economic globalization is affecting the U.S. economy, the workforce, and the workplace
  20. Economic globalization and the future of work
  21. Implications for work in the twenty-first century
  22. New paradigms for the organization of production
  23. Shifts in employment relationships and where work is performed
  24. Other workplace dimensions : safety, security, and privacy
  25. The changing nature of work and the skill requirements of jobs
  26. Supplying the workforce needs of the tuture
  27. Changing the rewards to work.