Management Research News: Volume 14 Issue 10


Table of contents

Trade Unions and the Disaggregation of the Working Class

Richard Hyman

Much current debate on the experience of trade unionism in the 1980s and its prospects for the 1990s involves the clash of simplistic generalisations. The problems of numerical…

Economic Flexibility and Social Solidarity

Serafino Negrelli

In a recent paper, P. Schmitter (1989) acknowledges that changes in the international markets and technological advances have led to a “turnaround in the tendencies of the…

Innovation in Pay Policies Between Industrial Relations and the Management of Human Resources

Anna Ponzellini

In all European countries (and in the USA as well) the 80's have been a period of innovation in pay policies.

'Double‐Breasted Operations: A Management Challenge to Unions in Britain?

Phil B. Beaumont, R.J.D. Harris

The ‘conflictual’ explanation of union decline (centring around the extent and nature of management opposition to unions) has been well documented in the US literature in recent…

Business Education, Culture and industrial Relations: The Case of Germany

Roger Lumley

Whatever the degree of harmonisation in the structures of industrial relations in Europe brought about by developments in the European Community and the activities of…

The Future for Enterprise Trade Unionism?

John Salmon

The question of management control strategies over workforces is a central problematic not only for the study of organisational behaviour but also for theorists of the labour…

Employment Relations in the British Public Sector

George Thomason

The British public sector comprises the civil and military services, the educational, health, safety and security services, and a small number of trading enterprises (the…

Public Sector Industrial Relations in the Netherlands: A Future Without Civil Servants

W.S.P. Fortuyn

Decentralisation spreads over Europe. It started approximately a decennium ago with the election of Mrs Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister of Britain. She initiated a large…

Pay Regulation of Government Employees in Germany

Peter Seglow

Employment in the public sector in the Federal Republic of Germany breaks down into six major areas: Federal, Land, and Municipal Government, The German Post Office, German…

Give 'em enough rope… The changing role of the state under the Labour government in Australia, 1983 to 1991

Di Kelly

The international economic instability since the 1970s has led to major restructuring of industrial relations processes and structures in most Western capitalist countries, as…

Corporatism, Industrial Relations and Labour Law in Ireland: An Outline

Brian Wilkinson

The relevance of collective bargaining and industrial relations to economic welfare has been emphasised increasingly over the last two decades. Given rising inflation rates…

Industrial Relations in Europe in the 1990s: New Business Strategies and the Challenge to Organised Labour

Bruno Amoroso

The forecasting of developments in European business strategies in the 1990s must begin with an analysis of the major structural changes which have taken place in the…

Developments in Collective Bargaining in the Turkish Industrial Relations System

D.H. Simpson, M. Koray, A. Sozer

In contrast to many European Industrial Relations Systems the one in Turkey is growing in size and importance as the Turkish Economy emerges into a fully developed one. Indeed the…

Industrial Relations Under Transition to a Market Economy: The Polish Experience

Witold Jakobic

The Polish economy is undergoing substantial transformation which is mostly called “transition from a planned to a market economy”. It is said there are two main goals to be…

The Disorganising of Spanish Industrial Relations: the response of organised labour and the politics of solidarity

Miguel Martinez Lucio

The paper will argue that despite the extreme disorganisation and ‘crisis’ of Spanish industrial relations, trade unions have responded by developing a broader political approach…

State Intervention, Employment Regulation and Port Performance: Diverging Patterns of Development in Europe

Peter Turnbull, Syd Weston

Throughout the 1980s British port employers had increased their pressure on Government to repeal the National Dock Labour Scheme (NDLS); a scheme introduced in 1947 to regulate…

Trade Unions/Workers and the Flexibilisation of Work: A Comparative Analysis of the UK and German Steel Industries

Jonathan Morris, Paul Blyton, Nick Bacon, Hans‐Werner Franz, Rainer Lichte

The Steel Industry has been undergoing fundamental changes over the past decade, including a scaling down of capacity substantially reduced manning, the introduction of major…

The Urge to Merge: Organisational Change and the Merger and Acquisition Process in Europe

Paul Thompson, Terry Wallis, Jorg Flecker

Most contemporary business developments can, if you try hard, be linked to 1992 and the single market. With takeovers you don't even have to try. The official Cecchini Report…


Strategic Responses to Flexibility ‐ A Case Study in Coal

Peter Prowse, Mike Clapham

This paper will discuss the issues of internal flexibility in an organisation and will analyse how the Institute of Manpower studies model of the flexible firm has been utilised…

The Changing Face of Industrial Democracy: Evidence from the UK Electronics Industry

Louise McArdle, John Hassard, Paul Forrester, Stephen Proctor

The 1980s was a decade of far reaching change in the relations between management and the workforce. Flexibility can no longer be considered a ‘flash in the pan’, while the…

The Pecularities of the English: Pragmatism and Innovation in Management's Approach to Employee Involvement. Some Evidence from UK Industry

Peter Ackers, John Goodman, Mick Marchington, Adrian Wilkinson

The progress towards 1992 and the European Social Charter promise to draw UK industry further into the European pattern of employee relations. For many years Industrial Relations…



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