A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Employment Relations

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Employment Relations

  • Tony Dundon - Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
  • Niall Cullinane - Queen's University Management School, Queen's University Belfast
  • Adrian Wilkinson - Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing, Griffith Business School, Griffith University

March 2017 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Conceived by Chris Grey and written to get you thinking, the “Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap” series offers an informal and accessible yet sophisticated and critical overview of what you find in conventional textbooks.

In Employment Relations the authors translate years of experience, with the help of interesting vignettes, real life examples and connections with popular culture, into a critical understanding of the topic that brings the field to life.

An excellent supplementary text for Employment Relations and HRM students or anyone interested in a short, succinct book on the subject of Employment Relations.
Introducing Employment Relations
Chapter 1: A Very Short History on Employment Relations and its Perspectives
Chapter 2: Casinos, Crises and Cutbacks: the Context for Employment Relations
Chapter 3: Who’s Who in Employment Relations?
Chapter 4: Collaboration and Consent: Cooperation at Work
Chapter 5: Strikes and Strife: Conflict at Work
Chapter 6: Having a Say: Earnings and Working Time
Some Concluding Thoughts: ER Education, Immiseration and Automation

An accessible introduction to the interdisciplinary field of employment relations that also sheds light on broader social and economic dilemmas we face.  The authors are provocative - hitting the important tensions and contradictions facing working people today - with rich anecdotes from popular media and culture that bring the underlying academic research to life. 

Rosemary Batt
Alice Hanson Cook Professor of Women and Work, ILR School, Cornell University, USA

This book provides an elegant, insightful and concise introduction to the field of Employment Relations. It is essential reading for anyone entering the field as a student and is an equally essential aid for anyone teaching in the subject area.

Edmund Heery
Professor of Employment Relations, Cardiff Business School, UK

This is an essential introduction to the field of employment relations. Highly accessible and engaging, the key dynamics of employment relations are charmingly unpacked with quirky illustrations and cultural reference points. It is no arid textbook, but it packs a powerful punch that locates contemporary employment relations within a wider societal, political and economic context and the rising levels of inequality that need to be challenged.






Mark Stuart
Montague Burton Professor of Employment Relations, University of Leeds, UK

I really did enjoy and chuckle reading this. And boy did it take me back! Without wishing to sound too irreverent I can only conclude: Despite having rubbish jokes and a terrible taste in music, the authors have written a book that makes ER genuinely interesting.

Dr Peter Dwyer
Tutor in Economics, Ruskin College Oxford, UK

This book is short and reasonably cheap but also intensely interesting, informative and entertaining! The authors convincingly demonstrate that employment relations are important not only for anyone in today’s workforce but also for how social wealth and income are distributed throughout society. It should be on every business school’s reading list.

Russell Lansbury
Emeritus Professor, Sydney University Business School, Australia

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