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Mick Marchington, Fang Lee Cooke & Gail Hebson

In: The SAGE Handbook of Human Resource Management

Chapter 27: Human Resource Management across Organizational Boundaries

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Human Resource Management across Organizational Boundaries
Human resource management across organizational boundaries
Introduction

Most studies of human resource management tend to assume, albeit implicitly, that workers are employed under the umbrella of a single firm. This is hardly surprising given the way employment law defines the contract as derived from the relationship between a single employer and its employees, and the fact that decisions in dismissal or other cases are made with the notion of ‘control’ over the employment contract as a central tenet (Rubery et al., 2002). It may also have been a reasonably accurate characterization of how employment was structured in the so-called ‘golden age’ of the post-war period in most western democracies, when workers could expect to be on the receiving end of a ...

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