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 9: Changing Traditions in Industrial Relations Research
Changing Traditions in Industrial Relations Research
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 ...