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Integrating Barnard's and contemporary views of industrial relations and HRM

Integrating Barnard's and contemporary views of industrial relations and HRM Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to juxtapose the contemporary views of industrial relations (IR) and human resource management (HRM) with the ideas expressed by Chester Barnard. Design/methodology/approach – The paper analyzes Chester Barnard's views along the four premises that underlie contemporary perspectives on the fields of IR and HRM. Findings – Barnard's main points: that sincerity and honesty of management is crucial to developing an individual employee's will to collaborate, and that collective cooperation is superior to collective bargaining are found to resonate well with the contemporary views and provide a clear indication for Barnard's preference of human resource perspective to the IR perspective. Practical implications – This paper provides Barnard's practical insights into why managing IR and HR by policies leads to poor management. Originality/value – This paper is the first to recognize Barnard's unique contribution to contemporary perspectives on IR and HRM disciplines. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management History Emerald Publishing

Integrating Barnard's and contemporary views of industrial relations and HRM

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1751-1348
DOI
10.1108/17511341111099547
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to juxtapose the contemporary views of industrial relations (IR) and human resource management (HRM) with the ideas expressed by Chester Barnard. Design/methodology/approach – The paper analyzes Chester Barnard's views along the four premises that underlie contemporary perspectives on the fields of IR and HRM. Findings – Barnard's main points: that sincerity and honesty of management is crucial to developing an individual employee's will to collaborate, and that collective cooperation is superior to collective bargaining are found to resonate well with the contemporary views and provide a clear indication for Barnard's preference of human resource perspective to the IR perspective. Practical implications – This paper provides Barnard's practical insights into why managing IR and HR by policies leads to poor management. Originality/value – This paper is the first to recognize Barnard's unique contribution to contemporary perspectives on IR and HRM disciplines.

Journal

Journal of Management HistoryEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 11, 2011

Keywords: Organizations; Industrial relations; Human resource management; Employee relations

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