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By Dr. Ulrich Briefs, John Kjaer, Jean-Louis Rigal (auth.), Dr. Ulrich Briefs, John Kjaer, Jean-Louis Rigal (eds.)

This reader comprises contributions bearing on essentially the most pressing difficulties in platforms layout: the consequences of computerization on human paintings and ways to ameliorate structures layout to be able to create greater stipulations for residing human paintings in a automatic global. after all the alternative of papers has been operated slightly arbitrarily. It essentially displays the paintings of IFIP's operating workforce 9.1. "Compu­ ters and paintings" and of a few of its participants. The papers have been compiled aiming at focussing on very fabric professional­ blems within the box of "Computers and Work". They substantively re­ flect in different issues the discussions and the worry of the Wor­ king crew. a few conclusions from a chain of workshops held from 1980 onward through the operating workforce are likewise contained and directed to the IFIP group and to different events involved. The reader inserts itself right into a relatively prolonged line of actions of the operating crew: as well as contributions to the 2 IFIP operating meetings on Human selection and desktops held in 1974 and in 1979 (proceedings released via North Holland) a up to date IFIP Wor­ king convention on structures layout For, With and by way of the clients (held in September eighty two, lawsuits released in March eighty three by means of North Holland) and a joint TC3/TC9 operating convention on schooling for structures De­ signer/User Co-operation (proceedings to be released via finish 84).

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Have to further and massively depress economic activity. o. But at a time increased fixed costs make organizations increasingly inflexible: the higher capital intensity and its costs are, the more marked consequences of fluctuations in market demand on the organizations. c. from 1975 to 1980/1 has after all created 1000 (in words: one thousand) jobs. c. o. On the other hand: the more of these jobs are created the more jobs in other lines of economic activities are destroyed - at least with a certain time gap.

7) On this pOint, cf. Reese/J. : ii Gefahren der informationstechnologischen Entwicklung. Perspektiven der Wirkungsforschung. 33 Frankfurt/New York 1979 - Steinmuller, W. (just like footnote no. 6). : Neue Technologien als Herausforderung fur die Gewerkschaften, in: Blatter fur deutsche und internationale Politik 1978. 10. Sonderdruck: Argumente zur Zeit 232. The Impact of Information Processing on the Working Class Ulrich Briefs c/o WSIIDGB, Hans-Bockler-Str. 39, D4000 Diisseldorf, FRG 1. Information Processing - a fundamental change of human work 2.

The phase of massive job destruction is definitely reached when organizations have mastered the process more or less. In most cases this state of mastering the systems design and introduction process is reached much later than planned by systems management. S ) 38 Information processing - erosion and re-structuring of skills Computerization and information processing according to the experience accumulated so far tends to degrade many human skills and to create increasingly meaningless and boring jobs for many, if not most workers.

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