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Management Strategy and Industrial Relations
Management strategy and industrial relations
Introduction

Since the 1980s managers rather than trade unions or the state have been responsible for the most important developments in industrial relations (IR). Industrial relations in many firms and countries have changed significantly as a result, as managers have become more reluctant to recognize, consult or negotiate with trade unions, and have made the contentious claim to be adopting a strategic approach to human resource management (HRM). Research on management strategy in industrial relations duly increased in order to track and understand the implications of these potentially important changes. Important questions included the extent to which managers were behaving strategically, the nature of the new strategies adopted and the reasons for changes in management approach? This ...

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