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Human Resource Management in Ireland

Patrick Gunnigle (University of Limerick, Ireland)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Article publication date: 1 May 1992



Considers the nature of Human Resource Management (HRM) in the Republic of Ireland. Identifies four variants of HRM in Ireland: “soft” HRM; neo‐pluralism; “hard” HRM; and traditional industrial relations. Then considers key areas of HRM policy choice and reviews alternative approaches to HRM practice in Irish organizations. Analyses the role of the specialist HRM function in Ireland using a HRM typology. Evaluates the evidence of change in HRM practice with a particular focus on key dimensions of change such as developments in employment forms and flexibility, the role of trade unions and the emergence of proactive approaches to HRM at establishment level.



Gunnigle, P. (1992), "Human Resource Management in Ireland", Employee Relations, Vol. 14 No. 5, pp. 5-22.




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