The Phenomenology of Union Decision-Making: A New Way to Enquire into Reality

Proceedings of ANZAM Conference, December 2011

10 Pages Posted: 25 Dec 2011

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Robert Keith Shaw

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS)

Ashish Malik

University of Newcastle (Australia)

Date Written: December 7, 2011

Abstract

This paper inaugurates a discussion about the phenomenology of union decision-making. Phenomenology provides a new lens that may enable us to gain penetrating insights into how unions function in the fractious world of human resources management. The present paper is preliminary to any fieldwork that may be undertaken. Its main purposes are to identify theory that could be the foundation of further practical work, relate recent work in the phenomenology of management to union practices and to propose directions of enquiry. The relevant theory is that of Edmund Husserl who provides us with a practical method of enquiry into the real world of human resource practice. Husserl’s work has already been applied in relation to local government functioning and some of the findings there appear relevant to the present enquiry. In particular, the nature and role of plebiscites.

Suggested Citation

Shaw, Robert Keith and Malik, Ashish, The Phenomenology of Union Decision-Making: A New Way to Enquire into Reality (December 7, 2011). Proceedings of ANZAM Conference, December 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1976703

Robert Keith Shaw (Contact Author)

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) ( email )

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Ashish Malik

University of Newcastle (Australia) ( email )

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Australia

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