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In Researching the World of Work: Strategies and Methods in Studying Industrial Relations Research (Whitfield and Strauss, 1998), we made a number of points about the way in which Industrial Relations (IR) research is undertaken, and how it might respond to the challenges it currently faces. In particular, we stated that the
… tide engulfing industrial relations is strong… but we feel that allied to changes in conceptual tools, a broadening of scope, and possibly a modification of the field's title, the development of a distinctive and powerful approach to research design can contribute to a renaissance in the field … (Whitfield and Strauss, 1998: 294).
Since then, we have undertaken a content analysis of the ...