Strategic Choice and Industrial Relations Theory

Strategic Choice and Industrial Relations Theory *Thomas A. Kochan and Robert B. McKersie are Professors, Industrial Relations Section, Sloan School of Management, MIT, and Peter Cappelli is an Assistant Professor, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois. ’This paper provides an overview and some preliminary results of a three-year research project underway within the Industrial Relations Section at MIT, entitled “U.S . Industrial Relations in Transition.” Funds for the research are provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the authors. INDUSTRIALRELATIONS, 23, No. 1 (Winter 1984). 01984 by the Regents of the University of California. Vol. oO19/8676/84/215/16/$10.00 Strategic Choice and Industrial Relations Theory i 17 While we are not prepared yet to specify all the elements of a theory to explain the changes currently unfolding, we indicate here ways in which the framework for thinking about industrial relations can be expanded and discuss the role that strategic choice might play within this more complex paradigm. Our focus is on management, since we believe that in recent years the most important strategic decisions have been made by this party. The Prevailing Paradigm The debate over industrial relations theory can be traced at least http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Relations Wiley

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1984 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0019-8676
eISSN
1468-232X
DOI
10.1111/j.1468-232X.1984.tb00872.x
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Abstract

*Thomas A. Kochan and Robert B. McKersie are Professors, Industrial Relations Section, Sloan School of Management, MIT, and Peter Cappelli is an Assistant Professor, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois. ’This paper provides an overview and some preliminary results of a three-year research project underway within the Industrial Relations Section at MIT, entitled “U.S . Industrial Relations in Transition.” Funds for the research are provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the authors. INDUSTRIALRELATIONS, 23, No. 1 (Winter 1984). 01984 by the Regents of the University of California. Vol. oO19/8676/84/215/16/$10.00 Strategic Choice and Industrial Relations Theory i 17 While we are not prepared yet to specify all the elements of a theory to explain the changes currently unfolding, we indicate here ways in which the framework for thinking about industrial relations can be expanded and discuss the role that strategic choice might play within this more complex paradigm. Our focus is on management, since we believe that in recent years the most important strategic decisions have been made by this party. The Prevailing Paradigm The debate over industrial relations theory can be traced at least

Journal

Industrial RelationsWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1984

References

  • The Management of Industrial Relations in the Modern Corporation: Agenda for Research
    Purcell, Purcell
  • Industrial Relations Research in Britain
    Winchester, Winchester

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