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.

The Influence of Product Markets on Industrial Relations

The influence of product markets on industrial relations

Industrial relations are profoundly affected by the nature of the markets in which firms compete. The relationships between employers and workers cannot avoid being influenced by the competitive pressures bearing down on the employers, whether those pressures are light and permissive, or tight and unforgiving. How employers respond to these pressures is another matter. There may be many different ways of managing labor that allow firms to keep afloat in a given competitive situation. There will be consequent differences in their industrial relations (IR). But whatever style of labor management is adopted, an important and unavoidable constraint on that style is whether, and with what urgency, the firm's business is ...

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