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Research Handbook on the Future of Work and Employment Relations

Edited by Keith Townsend, Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, Griffith Business School, Griffith University and Adrian Wilkinson, Professor of Employment Relations, Griffith University, Australia
The broad field of employment relations is diverse and complex and is under constant development and reinvention. This Research Handbook discusses fundamental theories and approaches to work and employment relations, and their connection to broader political and societal changes occurring throughout the world. It provides comprehensive coverage of work and employment relations theory and practice.
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Publication Date: 2011
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  • Business and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
The broad field of employment relations is diverse and complex and is under constant development and reinvention. This Research Handbook discusses fundamental theories and approaches to work and employment relations, and their connection to broader political and societal changes occurring throughout the world. It provides comprehensive coverage of work and employment relations theory and practice.

This up-to-date research compendium has drawn together a range of international authors from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. There are chapters from labour historians, theoreticians, more mainstream industrial relations scholars, sociologists, organizational psychologists, geographers, policy advisors, economists and lawyers. At the heart of each chapter is the notion that the world of work and employment relations has changed substantially since the halcyon days of IR, throughout the Dunlop Era of the 1950s. However, many areas of enquiry remain, and more questions have developed with society and technology. This Handbook reflects this view. As the field of study and practice continues to evolve throughout the twenty-first century, what lessons have we learnt from the past and what can we expect in the future?

Academics and postgraduate students researching industrial relations, human resource management, employment relations, industrial sociology and sociology of work will find this important resource invaluable.
‘This is an enlightening text on the subject of employment and work relations that will be useful for students in economics, specifically those studying labor relations.’
– Lucy Heckman, American Reference Books Annual 2012
Contributors: B. Abbott, P. Ackers, P. Auer, M. Barry, H. Bauder, S. Bolton, S. Brammer, J. Burgess, K. Chatani, I. Clark, J. Coyle-Shapiro, R.K. Dhensa, M. Dowling, A. Fearfull, E. French, G. Gall, L. Golden, J. Hassard, E. Heery, J.R. Henly, J. Heyes, B.E. Kaufman, S.J. Lambert, T. Lusis, S. Lyon, L. McCann, E.P. McDermott, J. Morris, F. Rosati, G. Strachan, K. Townsend, B. Wiens-Tuers, A. Wilkinson, S. Williams, G. Wood
Contents:

1. The Changing Face of Work and Employment Relations
Adrian Wilkinson and Keith Townsend

PART I: EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS THEORY
2. The Future of Employment Relations: Insights from Theory
Bruce E. Kaufman

3. Finding the Future in the Past? The Social Philosophy of Oxford Industrial Relations Pluralism
Peter Ackers

PART II: ACTORS
4. The State and Employment Relations
Jason Heyes and Ian Clark

5. Union Strategy and Circumstance: Bank to the Future and Forward to the Past?
Gregor Gall

6. Concerted Capital: Understanding Employer Interests and the Role of Employer Coordination in Contemporary Employment Relations
Michael Barry

7. New and Emerging Actors in Work and Employment Relations: The Case of Civil Society Organizations
Steve Williams, Brian Abbott and Edmund Heery

8. Employment Relations and Managerial Work: An International Perspective
John Hassard, Leo McCann and Jonathan Morris

PART III: RETHINKING LABOUR
9. Skills in the Twenty-first Century Organization: The Career of a Notion
Anne Fearfull and Martin Dowling

10. Working Time in the Employment Relationship: Working Time, Perceived Control and Work–life Balance
Lonnie Golden, Barbara Wiens-Tuers, Susan J. Lambert and Julia R. Henly

11. Migration and Labour Markets: An Interpretation of the Literature
Tom Lusis and Harald Bauder

12. Child Labor
Scott Lyon and Furio Rosati

PART IV: CHANGING CONTEXTS
13. Flexicurity: Still Going Strong or a Victim of the Crisis?
Peter Auer and Kazutoshi Chatani

14. Governance, Finance and Employment Relations
Geoffrey Wood

15. Employment Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility
Steve Brammer

16. Industrial Relations in China: Ball of Confusion?
E. Patrick McDermott

PART V: TOWARDS A FAIRER WORKPLACE?
17. Equity in the Twenty-first Century Workplace
Glenda Strachan, John Burgess and Erica French

18. Dimensions of Dignity: Defining the Future of Work
Sharon Bolton

19. Justice in the Twenty-first Century Organization
Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro and Rashpal K. Dhensa

Index