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The diffusion of high performance employment practices in the Republic of Ireland

John McCartney (SIPTU, Liberty Hall, Dublin, Ireland)
Paul Teague (School of Management and Economics, The Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



This paper focuses on the behaviour and character of enterprises in modern Ireland by examining the extent to which high performance employment practices are being adopted by organisations. This paper draws on the results of an establishment‐level survey of work organisation and human resource management practice in three sectors of the Irish economy. This paper has three specific objectives: measuring the extent to which high performance work practices have been adopted by enterprises in Ireland; examining whether these innovations in the practical organisation of work are being supported by new ways of managing the broader employment relationship; and analysing precisely how establishments are combining innovative work practices and supporting HRM practices to achieve coherent overall employment models. Also finds that Irish firms are experimenting widely with workplace innovation and the changes in work organisation are matched by supporting adjustments to firms' HR policies and indicates that there is no single Irish “model” of industrial relations.



McCartney, J. and Teague, P. (2004), "The diffusion of high performance employment practices in the Republic of Ireland", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 25 No. 7, pp. 598-617.



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