The SAGE Handbook of Industrial Relations provides a systematic, comprehensive survey of the field. The result is a work of unprecedented scope and unparalleled ambition. It offers a compete guide to the central debates, new developments, and emerging themes in the field. It will quickly be recognized as the indispensable reference for teachers, students and researchers. It is relevant to economists, lawyers, sociologists, business and management researchers, and Industrial Relations specialists.

Management Strategy and Industrial Relations

Management strategy and industrial relations


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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