Management Research News: Volume 13 Issue 6


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Steel: A Classic Case of Industrial Relations Change in the 1980s

Paul Blyton

In tracking the changes occurring within British industrial relations and labour utilisation in the 1980s, the steel industry offers something of a classic case. Prior to this…

Owning a Bus Company: Yorkshire Rider Busworkers and the Employee Share Ownership Plan

Keith Forrester

One of the options that has recently emerged as a means of countering some of the harsher consequences of de‐regulation within the bus industry has been Employee Share Ownership…

Sectoral Dynamics and Changing Managerial Practice: The Advent of Computer Aided Design in the UK Traction Engineering Industry

Martin Harris

Recent social‐scientific work on the implications of the new production technologies suggests that the adoption of computer aided design (CAD) in manufacturing organisations…

Who Wants Harmonisation?

John Hassard

In an ideal world harmonisation would be a good idea. So why should there be any resistance to it?

The Price Waterhouse Cranfield Project on HRM in Europe: The First Findings of the 1990 Survey

Len Holden, Ariane Hegewisch

Effective human resource policies are now seen as central to business decision making. In particular, European and global diversification, whether by merger, acquisition, alliance…

Flexibility Bargaining in Manufacturing: A Review of Developments

Phil James

Flexibility has been one of the most debated concepts over the last decade. Yet there remains considerable disagreement about the scale and significance of the developments that…

Human Resource Management Policies and the Retention of Technical Professionals in Electronics

Carol Jones, Gordon Causer

The 1980s saw considerable debate about the nature and extent of skills shortages in the IT and engineering sectors, particularly in the increasingly competitive labour markets of…

Some Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in the Study of Employment Relations in the Small Service Sector Firm

John Kitching, Robert Blackburn, James Curran

Industrial relations researchers have typically directed their attention towards large manufacturing firms to the neglect of the small business. This situation is becoming…

‘New Look’ Employee Relations: The View from the Inside

Jim Lowe, Nick Oliver

Recent years have seen traditional management practice questionned in many areas — in terms of personnel, manufacturing, buyer‐supplier relations and even accounting practice. In…

Close to the Customer: Employee Relations in Superstores

Mick Marchington

There is little doubt that the economic, political and legal context within which employee relations takes place has altered substantially over the course of the past decade. What…

Trade Union Ballots and Collective Bargaining in the 1980s

Rod Martin, Roger Undy, Patricia Fosh, Paul Smith, Hugh Morris

The paper reports a major part of the results of a research project on trade union ballots in the 1980s, concerned with the role of ballots in collective bargaining. The project…

Enterprise Without Unions: Employment Relations in Non‐Union Firms

Ian McLoughlin, Stephen Gourlay

Non‐unionism and non‐union firms have been an increasing focus of interest since the early 1980s, and indeed for some constitute an emerging model of employee relations which…

The Impact of Privatisation on Industrial Relations in the Water Industry

Stuart Ogden

The Government's privatisation programme has had a number of objectives. Moreover the relative importance of objectives has changed over time. Bishop and Kay (1988) for example…

Assessing the Flexible Firm

Peter Prowse

This paper will discuss the issues of internal flexibility in an organisation and will analyse whether the Institute of Manpower studies model of the flexible firm can be…

Professionalising Management and Managing Professionalisation: British Management in the 1980's

Mike Reed, Peter Anthony

During the 1980's there is some evidence to suggest that the British state began to take a rather more pro‐active role in sponsoring and supporting managerial education and…

The Changing Character of Managerial and Technical Roles in the Information Technology Based Enterprise

Howard Rose, Veronica Mole

In the shifting landscape of organisational computing, continuing developments in information technology have potentially major implications for managerial and technical roles…

Enterprise Culture and the Search for Excellence: New Times or Old Hat?

Graeme Salaman, Paul du Gay

The central issue pre‐occupying the sociology of work is the origin, nature and implications of changes currently occurring in paid employment. These changes are seen to occur…

Employment Relations in Mature SME's: An Investigation of a Panel of Small Manufacturing Firms in London

David Smallbone, David North

This is not a detailed synopsis of the proposed paper since the data collection from which the analysis will be made is still being undertaken.

Decollectivisation of Industrial Relations: Union Exclusion in Theory and Practice

Paul Smith, Gary Morton

The ‘Decollectivisation of Industrial Relations’ is now a significant theme in the policy of the Conservative Government and that of a growing, if still small number, of companies…

Foucault, Power/Knowledge and its Relevance for HRM

Barbara Townley

In order for any discussion of employment relations or HRM to be of value, debate must be theoretically grounded. Not only this, it must allow for consideration of specific…

The Implications of Internal Labour Market Research for Theory and Methodology in Labour Economics

Keith Whitfield

For many years the operation of the internal labour market (ILM) was a topic to which economists devoted little attention. Recent years, however, have seen a plethora of research…

Public Sector Higher Education and the Enterprise Culture: A Trade Union Perspective

Marian Whitaker, Babak Sodagar, Jenny Robertson

This paper reports the experience of a group of lay trade union officers working in the Polytechnic sector over the period since ‘incorporation’ in April 1989. It documents the…

Enterprise Culture and the Restructuring of the UK Clothing Industry

Ruth Winterton

The clothing industries, in common with a number of other sectors of UK manufacturing, have faced intense international competition as clothing production has expanded in…



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