Partnership in Practice

49 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2011

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Maria Hudson

Policy Studies Institute (PSI)

Suzanne J. Konzelmann

University of London - Birkbeck College - Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Management and Organizational Psychology; University of Cambridge - Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Frank Wilkinson

University of London - Birkbeck College

Date Written: September 20, 2011

Abstract

This paper examines human resource management practices adopted in a group of eight case study firms and their tendencies towards versus away from partnership. The analysis is based on data collected during interviews with 124 employees (75 in organizations tending towards partnership and 49 in organizations tending away from partnership) and senior managers, conducted in 1997-1998 for the Job Insecurity and Work Intensification Survey (JIWIS). Drawing on the perspectives of senior managers and employees, we examine the tendency of firms towards and away from partnership in employment relations; and in keeping with the JIWIS methodology (Burchell et.al., 2001) we combine quantitative and qualitative evidence in our analysis. Specifically, we are interested in what partnership looks like in these different contexts, the reasons it is pursued (or not), the degree to which companies have been successful in achieving their partnership objectives (from the perspective of both management and employees), and the conditions that have either facilitated or impeded partnership in relationships with employees.

Keywords: industrial partnership, corporate governance, cooperation

JEL Classification: G34, J53, L23, M12

Suggested Citation

Hudson, Maria and Konzelmann, Suzanne J. and Wilkinson, Frank, Partnership in Practice (September 20, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1930870 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1930870

Maria Hudson

Policy Studies Institute (PSI) ( email )

London NW1 3SR
United Kingdom

Suzanne J. Konzelmann (Contact Author)

University of London - Birkbeck College - Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Management and Organizational Psychology ( email )

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Frank Wilkinson

University of London - Birkbeck College ( email )

Department of Management
London WC1E 7HX
United Kingdom

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