The Transformation of the Industrial Relations and Personnel Function (Classic Reprint)

The Transformation of the Industrial Relations and Personnel Function (Classic Reprint)

by Thomas A. Kochan
     
 

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Social scientists are becoming increasingly aware of the influence an organization's structure exerts on its decisions and strategy. The link between administrative structure and strategy and decision making, for example, is of longstanding interest to organizational theorists

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Social scientists are becoming increasingly aware of the influence an organization's structure exerts on its decisions and strategy. The link between administrative structure and strategy and decision making, for example, is of longstanding interest to organizational theorists (Chandler, 1962; Simon, 1957; 1964, Thompson, 1967; Lawrence and Lorsch, 1967). Micro economists have also addressed the question of how internal structural variations influence the management of discretion and response to external pressures (Leibenstein, 1978; Slichter, 1941; Slichter, Healy, and Livernash, 1960; Freeman and Medoff, 1979). Industrial relations researchers in both Britain (Gospel, 1973; Thomson, 1981) and North America (Freedman, 1979; Kochan, 1980; Godard and Kochan, 1981) have shown renewed interest in the role and structure of industrial relations and personnel departments. This work is being driven by a view that management is now the dominant force for change in employment practices and that employee, union, and government behavior are largely reactions to management initiated events. Indeed, we will argue below that this proposition is more true now in large U.S. corporations than at any time since the 1930s.

Thus, to understand employment relations in modern firms we first need to understand the role and structure of the organizational units responsible for formulating and administering labor policies. This paper will review changes in the role of personnel/industrial relations units over time and will use an historical overview to explain variations in the structure and influence of these units as well as to predict changes in the future.

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ISBN-13:
9781332284986
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
08/05/2015
Pages:
52
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.11(d)

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