The essays in this book, originally published in 1984, examine many problems within the structure of industry including wage policies, financial incentives and other economic policies. The book discusses the problems from two standpoints: that of the economist who is concerned with labour as a resource and the psychologist concerned with the behavioural activity of the labour force. This inter-disciplinary approach ensures the relevance of the essays to social scientists, managers and policy-makers.
1. Introduction 2. Problems in the Field of Industrial Relations 3. Why So Much Fuss About Industrial Relations? 4. Reflections on the Incidence of Strikes 5. Voluntary Absence from Work 6. In-Company Criteria for Evaluating Absences 7. The Effort Bargain 8. Financial Incentives as the Expression of A System of Beliefs 9. A Fair Day’s Work 10. Some Aspects of Company Wage Policy 11. Research into Inflation and Conceptions of Earnings 12. Research into Public Attitudes and the Attitudes of the Public to Inflation 13. Inflation and Attitudes to Pay Increases: The Major Issues 14. Bridging the Communications Gap with the Ordinary Citizen 15. Concluding Comments 16. Index