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Japan arrow indicate that the United States imports 2 percent of world trade from japan and exports 1 percent in return (and Japan's export-import flow with the United States is just the reverse). No single nation or block dominates the 1997 world trade network. However, the United States is involved in three distinct triads: (1) with Western Europe and the Asian block, (2) with Japan and Asia, and (3) with Western Europe and the Americas block. Japan is directly connected to three partners, but is located away from the core group involving Asia, Western Europe and the United States.

When offices installed or upgraded their LANs, mid-career managers typically scrambled frantically to acquire new skills already familiar to their entry level employees. Resistance to bone-headed supervisory demands was reflected in the bitter humor of Dilbert cartoons plastering the cubicle world. IT could also breed its own pathologies. Hospitals, for example, built higher administrative staff-to-patient ratios than 30 years ear- Generating Change 17 iier because they devoted so much effort to processing forms and filing reports with insurance companies and government health bureaucracies (Strassman 1997).

By the mid-1990s, nearly half the employees of medium and large companies were covered by defined contribution plans, as were a third of small-firm workers. Similar declines occurred in employer-funded health insurance coverage along with rising costs for worker-paid premiums and deductibles. 5 percent decrease. "Although the decline occurred among all age and education groups, it was most dramatic among the younger, less educated workers" (Olson 1995). The several trends described above fundamentally combined to rewrite the traditional employment contract.

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