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Crossing Boundaries
Work and Industrial Relations in Perspective

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ISBN 9780367408022
December 28, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides thoughtful insights into the development in work, organisations and employment relations in the last 50 years. In a semi-autobiographical approach, the author reflects on important contributions by other scholars, practitioners, and policy makers to work and employment relations.

The book covers a variety of themes which have been the subject of research undertaken by the author over his career and explores these themes over a period of time with examples drawn from various countries. It also emphasises that countries and regions cannot be understood in isolation from each other. The author seeks to convey the importance of crossing disciplinary boundaries in the social sciences in order to interpret changes in work, organisations and employment relations.

Drawing on the author’s rich experience and research, the book is engaging and accessible to anyone who wishes to learn more about the rapidly changing workplace and employment relations.

Table of Contents

1. Laying the Foundations 2. Technological and Organisational Change 3. Industrial Democracy and Employee Participation 4. Varieties of Labour Market Regulation and Deregulation 5. The Decline of Unions and Rise of Militant Employers 6. The Role of the State in Employment Relations 7. Education, Training and Skill Development 8. Work and Leisure in the Future 9. The Future of Work and Employment Relations as a Field of Study

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Russell Lansbury is an Emeritus Professor of Work and Employment Relations at the University of Sydney Business School.


"This book tells the story of an amazing academic career, building on talent and commitment, while at the same time revealing the significance of working together with people in order to ‘get the job done’. The really intriguing story running through this book tells about the people Russell Lansbury met and worked together with at home in Australia as well as abroad." Soren Kaj Andersen, Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Research on Work and Employment Relations, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

"By masterly weaving in of personal anecdote with economic and political trends, Russell Lansbury identifies key events in Australia’s employment relations system in an engaging and insightful analysis.  This excellent book, by one of Australia’s most outstanding industrial relations scholars of his generation, benefits from his deep understanding not only of Australia but also of developments in other advanced and emerging market economies." ─ Janice Bellace, Samuel A. Blank Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA

"Russell Lansbury’s approach to scholarship and life shine through the pages of this wonderful book. Generosity, curiosity, intelligence and warmth are a rare combination in a scholar and these qualities, as well as his internationalism and commitment to public service, explain the enormous impact he has had throughout his distinguished career.  As those of us who have been mentored by Prof Lansbury often say - ‘be like Russell’"─ Rae Cooper AO, Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations, University of Sydney

"In Crossing Boundaries Russell Lansbury provides both a personal memoir and an intelligent, perceptive discussion of the changing world of industrial relations over the last 50 years. Few people have been so central to developments in Australia and worldwide. Over time, Russell developed a network of key academics and actors in the field and this facilitated the unique insights he shares with us here. The book is a clearly written, human account – a ‘must read’ for those working in industrial relations and related fields." ─ Dexter Dunphy AM, Emeritus Professor UNSW and University of Technology Sydney, Australia

"Crossing Boundaries is the story of an internationally renowned scholar who crosses borders and cultures, exploring the meaning of work and indeed humanity, not only through his research but also through his exploration with people of all nationalities and walks of life. Russell Lansbury’s memoir will reignite, deep within us, the desire and hope of connecting with people for building a better future for work and life." ─ Dr Chang-Hee Lee, Country Director, International Labour Organisation, Vietnam.

"In this fascinating book Russell Lansbury provides a wealth of insights into the changing nature of work and the challenges and opportunities society faces adjusting to those changes. Lansbury provides powerful lessons from a remarkable career that mixed path breaking academic work with an insider’s engagement with the practical world." ─ Harry C. Katz, Jack Sheinkman Professor and former Dean, Cornell University and President-elect, International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)

"Russell Lansbury is the supreme internationalist. In a truly distinguished career, Russell draws deep respect from scholars around the world for his impressive body of industrial relations knowledge, his facility across disciplines and for his perfect collegiality. All this, combined with warm insights to Russell’s family and personal life, make this a most engaging book." ─ John Niland AC, Emeritus Professor and former Vice-Chancellor, UNSW, Australia, and Former President, International Labour and Employment Relations Association

"This is a must-read book for everyone interested in work and employment relations – as a field of study, and as an important part of contemporary society. It tells the fascinating story of the life, adventures and work of a world-class scholar, and a curious, generous, and kind friend and colleague. The book serves as an inspiration to undertake international and comparative research, and to engage in dialogue with social partners, governments and other stakeholders to promote a fair and just future of work." ─ Mia Rönnmar, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at Lund University, Sweden, and President of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)

"I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir which not only provides fascinating glimpses of Russell Lansbury’s rich academic life but is also highly illuminating about the history of Australian industrial relations. I was riveted and I’m sure many others will be too." ─ Judy Wajcman, Anthony Giddens Chair of Sociology, London School of Economics, UK

"Russell Lansbury’s intriguing memoir perceptively reminds us that the key characteristics of a good society remain much the same through time. It is the road that we must travel down to approach it that changes most. There has never been a better time to put this insight definitively at the centre stage of public debate." ─ Keith Whitfield, Professor of Human Resource Management, Cardiff University, UK