New Employee Relations Strategies in Britain: Towards Individualism or Partnership?

Posted: 31 Dec 2001

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Nicholas Bacon

Nottingham University Business School

John Storey

The Open University - Business School

Abstract

This article addresses the themes of individualism, partnership and collectivism in British industrial relations by reporting on a detailed three-year case-study-based research project. Drawing on this data set, we offer insights into practical developments in contemporary workplaces and into the thinking of managers and employee representatives as they attempt to steer new paths in their relations. In particular, we examine what happens in practice when senior management teams, in previously collectivized organizations, set out with the explicit intent of shifting the balance of emphasis towards more "individualized" relations with employees and/or to devise new "partnership" arrangements.

Suggested Citation

Bacon, Nicholas and Storey, John, New Employee Relations Strategies in Britain: Towards Individualism or Partnership?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=241352

Nicholas Bacon (Contact Author)

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

John Storey

The Open University - Business School ( email )

Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK6 7AA
United Kingdom

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