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This article raises the question of to what extent functional flexibility is an operatively designed approach with which European companies confront current short‐term changes in their environment, and whether functional flexibility is integrated into long‐term human resource strategies. The...
There has been a continuing debate in Australia about the need to reform working practices so they enhance efficiency and productivity. During the last ten years there have been major changes in the management of employees, including the introduction of flexible employment practices. Although...
Despite important differences in labour flexibility patterns in different countries and despite clear indications of the important role of institutional factors with respect to HRM, to date there has been little research on the interaction between the institutional context and the HRM of...
This paper addresses the impact of institutional industrial relations arrangements at organisation level on the extent and pattern of utilisation of different forms of employment flexibility. In particular, it evaluates the extent to which factors such as union recognition, union density and...
Long shifts of more than 8 hours, commonly of 10 or 12 hours, are spreading widely as a way of increasing operational availability and flexibility, and offering employees bigger blocks of time off. Research shows that they can provide multiple benefits or serious costs to all parties, depending...
This article examines the problems that the expansion and spread of flexible working patterns have created for the trade unions. Drawing evidence from across Europe, but focusing on the UK, it is argued that the decline in unionism has a number of antecedents, of which an important factor is the...
This paper examines flexible wo rking in the workplace using case studies from four different European companies, in three countries. This detailed evidence shows that while flexibility is a major challenge to managements, trade unions and employees, the results are more acceptable to these...
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