STRATEGIC INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ‐ DISTINCTION, DEFINITION AND RECOGNITION

STRATEGIC INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ‐ DISTINCTION, DEFINITION AND... of Newcastle upon Tyne INTRODUCTION It is a paradox that although industrial relations has one of the longest academic pedigrees in the management cannon, its influence on corporate business practice has been minimal. Comparison with for example, finance, management science, or business policy reveals amongst the latter a burgeoning armoury of tools and techniques with which businessmen have been eager to experiment. The reason for this disparity has been that corporate managements do not see industrial relations as a corporate concern - this has contributed to a reluctance on the part of academics to address issues of potential managerial interest. Recent industrial relations literature however, has suggested that this may be changing and this paper is part of that attempt to redress the balance. I argue that industrial relations should be an important strategic corporate concern and propose a definition of industrial relations derived from the business policy literature and an anecdotal picture of traditional, non-strategic industrial relations management. In the second half of the article, I argue that, like corporate strategies, the researching and recognition of industrial relations strategies is a complex task, and building upon two examples to illustrate that complexity, I attempt to clarify a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management Studies Wiley

STRATEGIC INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ‐ DISTINCTION, DEFINITION AND RECOGNITION

Journal of Management Studies, Volume 24 (4) – Jul 1, 1987

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1987 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0022-2380
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1467-6486
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-6486.1987.tb00450.x
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of Newcastle upon Tyne INTRODUCTION It is a paradox that although industrial relations has one of the longest academic pedigrees in the management cannon, its influence on corporate business practice has been minimal. Comparison with for example, finance, management science, or business policy reveals amongst the latter a burgeoning armoury of tools and techniques with which businessmen have been eager to experiment. The reason for this disparity has been that corporate managements do not see industrial relations as a corporate concern - this has contributed to a reluctance on the part of academics to address issues of potential managerial interest. Recent industrial relations literature however, has suggested that this may be changing and this paper is part of that attempt to redress the balance. I argue that industrial relations should be an important strategic corporate concern and propose a definition of industrial relations derived from the business policy literature and an anecdotal picture of traditional, non-strategic industrial relations management. In the second half of the article, I argue that, like corporate strategies, the researching and recognition of industrial relations strategies is a complex task, and building upon two examples to illustrate that complexity, I attempt to clarify a

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Journal of Management StudiesWiley

Published: Jul 1, 1987

References

  • The ghost at the bargaining table: directors and industrial relations
    Winkler, Winkler

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