Employment Rules in German Theatres: An Application and Evaluation of the Theory of Employment Systems

19 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2004

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Axel Haunschild

University of London - Royal Holloway College - School of Management

Abstract

This paper applies David Marsden's Theory of Employment Systems to employment relations in German non-profit repertory theatres. Constraints in applying Marsden's framework to theatres are taken as a starting point for a reconsideration of its underpinning assumptions. I show that this approach (i) helps us to understand the institutional embeddedness of theatrical employment and (ii) enables a closer look at the strengths and weaknesses of Marsden's theory. Since Marsden supports the idea that the open-ended employment relationship will persist and will remain prevalent, challenging his theory can contribute to our understanding of 'new' forms of employment.

Suggested Citation

Haunschild, Axel, Employment Rules in German Theatres: An Application and Evaluation of the Theory of Employment Systems. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 42, No. 4, pp. 685-703, December 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=631266

Axel Haunschild (Contact Author)

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