A Sociological Study of an Oil Industry in Assam : Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited

Pranjal Sarma, Omega Pub, 2007, xviii, 390 p, tables, figs, maps, ISBN : 8189612360, $47.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

A Sociological Study of an Oil Industry in Assam : Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited/Pranjal Sarma

Contents: Foreword. Preface and acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. 2. Social background of the respondents. 3. Social structure of the organisation. 4. Worker-management relationship. 5. Interaction between the industry and its neighbourhood. 6. Summary and conclusions. Appendices. Abbreviations. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

"Industries occupy a unique place in a nation's economy. They are the key source where goods are manufactured for the satisfaction of human wants. They provide employment and the social life of the people is to a large extent influenced by industries.

A sociological study of an Oil Industry in Assam (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited) is an outcome of a doctoral research aimed to find out the social structure of ONGC in Assam, the social background of the employees of ONGC and the people residing in the surrounding areas and the worker-management relationship in ONGC. The study also focus on the interaction between the ONGC and its neighbourhood in a sociological perspective. In particular, subjects like industrial sociology, sociology of personnel management and industrial relations, organizational structure, recruitment and selection process, promotion, wage and salary administration, performance appraisal, employees training, transfer, absenteeism and turnover, employees safety and industrial health, industrial disputes, discipline and disciplinary action, trade union, grievances and grievance handling, rewards and incentives, benefits and employees services, social change and development have been discussed. The most outstanding features of the book is that it has attempted to reveal the social reality in terms of the values of the industrial society in India and Assam in particular.

This book will be of great interest to students, scholars, teachers, planners and administrators, sociologists, psychologists and management thinkers while constituting an invaluable reference tool for all social scientists." (jacket)

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