from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The workers employed in a specific project or activity.
  • n. All the people working or available to work, as in a nation, company, industry, or on a project.

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  • n. the force of workers available


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  • Turrialba, in a series of bitter, frequently violent conflicts, was able to avoid organization of its work force at the mines until 1959, although its railroad and port employees were included in the early drives of the FKO later the NLF.

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

  • Despite repeated attempts by the Communist NLF in the early years and later by the KWC, Turrialba consistently resisted efforts to organize the work force at the mines.

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

  • France has some first-class multinationals, Germany's work force and engineering firms can compete with the world's best, 30 Swedish companies are listed among Forbes Global 2000, Italy is a world leader in design, Ireland is blessed with an educated work force that speaks English, the lingua franca of world trade.

    Europe's Daily Soap Opera Keeps Rolling

  • Last, Marx believed that the small independent artisan or self-employed worker would be unable to resist the pressures of mass production, and that an ever larger fraction of the work force would have to sell its labor-power on the market—that is, to become a “proletarian.”

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • Yet the Boeing case has a scarier aspect missed by conservatives: Why is Boeing, one of our few real global champions in beefing up exports, moving work on the Dreamliner from a high-skill work force ($28 an hour on average) to a much lower-wage work force ($14 an hour starting wage)?

    Boeing's Threat to American Enterprise

  • In 1979 over 90% of the corn products in Peru was dominated by Industrias del Maiz S.A. The Indemsa plant had not increased its work force by more than 10% in its fifteen years, yet during this time sales more than tripled in real terms and rose twenty times in money terms.

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies


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