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.

Industrial Relations and Business Performance

Industrial relations and business performance

At the start of the twenty-first century, economic performance indicators seem to serve as society's ultimate scorecard. Much attention is paid to measures of the economy, wealth, and performance. Witness the prominence given to reports on the stock market in the media. Inevitably, it seems today that nations are judged by their economic output and firms by their revenues and profits. Only to a slightly lesser extent have people come to be evaluated in these ways. ‘In a capitalist society,’ as Alan Wolfe (1997: 566) has written, ‘we value work to the degree that we establish a value for work.’ That the value and cost to society of people (usually women) staying home to raise children ...

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