The volume presents the results of an international conference which took place at the Commercial and Industrial Chamber of Athens at the end of 1990, organized and sponsored by the University of Piraeus. The publication was prepared at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. The conference and the publication were supported by an International Honorary Committee and a Local Organizing Committee, the Research Committee «Participation and Self-Management» and the Research Committee «Sociology of Work» of the
International Sociological Association as well as by the European Group of Organization Studies. The 46 contributions cover a wide range of topics within the general theme. They are presented under four headings: General Perspectives, Greek Perspectives, Socio-Economic Changes and Ownership, Technology and Work Organization, and end with the conclusion by Albert Mok. One of the central topics which has nothing lost of its relevance is the one about privatization in East and West.