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.

Chapter 5: Values, Ideologies, and Frames of Reference in Industrial Relations

Values, Ideologies, and Frames of Reference in Industrial Relations

Values, ideologies, and frames of reference in industrial relations

Industrial relations-or what some might now call employment relations, and what others might call human resources and industrial relations-is a multidisciplinary field studying all aspects of work and the employment relationship (Ackers and Wilkinson, 2003; Budd, 2004; Kaufman, 2004). A multidisciplinary approach means that competing values and assumptions underlie the analyses, policies, and practices of employment relations scholars, practitioners, and policymakers. Unfortunately, these underlying beliefs are often implicit rather than explicit, or, with the long-standing focus on how industrial relations (IR) processes work, sometimes ignored altogether. But understanding the industrial relationship, corporate human resource management practices, labor union strategies, and work-related public policies and laws requires understanding how ...

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