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May 1995

Improving workplace performance: historical and theoretical contexts

Susan Parks

The "new" direction in employee participation, workplace technology, and labor force characteristics may be reviving practices that failed to flourish in the past. This article places the current emphasis on "high-performance" workplace practices in a historical context that identifies conditions in the economy that may have prompted recent interest in high-performance workplaces and puts the history of the adoption of different work practices in a theoretical context.

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