Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

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S ince the passage of the National Labor Relations Act in 1935, collective bargaining has been the primary means by which U.S. workers can collectively negotiate terms and conditions of employment with their employer. Currently, more than 100,000 contracts are in effect, covering approximately 9 million workers and their employers in the private sector. 1(More)
McKersie and additional contributors to public forums on public-sector collective bargaining held at Cornell, MIT and the University of Illinois. This document involves contributions from a cross section of scholars and will be further updated as appropriate.
This paper presents a new approach to modeling and analyzing organizational culture, particularly safety culture. We have been experimentally applying it to the NASA manned space program as part of our goal to create a powerful new approach to risk management in complex systems. We describe the approach and give sample results of its applications to(More)
Safety is an emergent, system property that can only be approached from a systems perspective. Some aspects of safety can be observed at the level of the particular components or operations, and substantial attention and effort is usually devoted to the reliability of these elements, including elaborate degrees of redundancy. However, the overall safety of(More)
Collective bargaining, a core social institution, faces a fundamental transformational challenge. National survey data provide unique insights into the current status of the bargaining process — revealing challenges and opportunities. Awareness and use of interest-based bargaining principles is widespread but complicated by underlying tensions between labor(More)
Lean practices and principles build on a half-century of successive initiatives aimed at transforming social and technical systems in organizations. While they are seen as central to the revitalization of the U.S. aerospace industry, there is great variation in the degree to which lean initiatives emphasize just technical/manufacturing systems versus(More)