Changes are taking place in collective bargaining arrangements and management structures for industrial relations. The Warwick Survey, confirming the findings of previous research, shows that the apparent moves towards the decentralisation of industrial relations are in practice more complex than they first appear. The survey results are consistent with earlier studies into the extensive activities of head office managers in the affairs of establishments in what are ostensibly decentralised companies. However, they provide little support for existing research into how employees perceive these changes since the emphasis is on the contrast of view between managers at different levels in the organisation. This points to the need for the development of theory in this area.
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