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The Future of Employment Relations

The Future of Employment Relations

September 1995 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This important, agenda-setting book addresses the key question in employment relations: Where next? It demonstrates that an institutional vacuum is emerging. As managerial demands for decentralized, individualized arrangements have intensified, collective bargaining has declined, yet few employment management innovations have arisen to replace or supplement these traditional collective processes.

P B Beaumont first examines the strengths and weaknesses of collective bargaining and the impact of human resource management policies and practices. He then considers some of the alternative institutional arrangements, including works councils, that might fill the current gap. Throughout, the analysis is set firmly within the broader public policy context, and stresses the need to address the ramifications for employment relations of different national approaches to competitiveness.

Collective Bargaining and Industrial Relations
Collective Bargaining and Human Resource Management
HRM and the Non-Union Sector
HRM and the Union Sector
The Institutional Vacuum and the Issue of Diffusion
Collective Bargaining and the Future
An Extended or Changed Role?

Learning from Abroad
Work Councils in Germany

Where Next?

`A masterly blending of fresh research and data on current employment practices in British enterprises that looks forward rather than reworking issues from yesterday's debates' - Thomas A Kochan, Sloan School of Management, MIT

`A refreshing change from the increasingly sterile and `mechanistic' debate about the changing role of personnel management and the onward march of HRM' - John W Hougham, Chairman of ACAS

`Essential reading for anyone with an interest in the theory and practice of workplace relations in Britain today and tomorrow' - John Monks, General Secretary of the TUC

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