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The Routledge Companion to Employment Relations

ISBN 9781138911178
Published May 14, 2018 by Routledge
502 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Comprising five thematic sections, this volume provides a critical, international and interdisciplinary exploration of employment relations. It examines the major subjects and emerging areas within the field, including essays on institutional theory, voice, new actors, precarious work and employment. Led by a well-respected team of editors, the contributors examine current knowledge and debates within each topic, offering cutting-edge analysis and reflection.

The Routledge Companion to Employment Relations is an extensive reference work that offers students and researchers an introduction to current scholarship in the longstanding discipline of employment relations. It will be an essential addition to library collections in business and management, law, economics, sociology and political economy.

Table of Contents

General Introduction (Editors)

Chapter 1. Employment relations: older reflections and new horizons (Adrian Wilkinson, Tony Dundon, Jimmy Donaghey and Alex Colvin)

Section 1: Perspectives on employment relations

Chapter 2. The field of employment relations: a review (Niall Cullinane)

Chapter 3. Economics and employment relations (Paul Willman)

Chapter 4. Employment relations and the law (Michael Doherty)

Chapter 5 Employment relations and history (Greg Patmore)

Chapter 6. Sociology, the labour process and employment relations (Bill Harley)

Chapter 7. Employment relations and gender equality (Gail Hebson and Jill Rubery)

Chapter 8. Employment relations and human resource management (Brian Harney, Tony Dundon and Adrian Wilkinson)

Chapter 9. Institutional theory and employment relations (Matt Allen and Geoffrey Wood)

Chapter 10. Research methods in employment relations (Keith Whitfield and Suhaer Yunus)

Section 2: Actors in employment relations

Chapter 11 The state and employment relations: continuity and change in the politics of regulation (Miguel Martinez Lucio and Robert MacKenzie)

Chapter 12 Unions (Paul F Clark)

Chapter 13. Employers, managers and employment relations (Peter Sheldon)

Chapter 14. Multinationals as employment relations actors (María Jesús Belizón)

Section 3: Core employment relations processes and issues

Chapter 15. Collective bargaining (Dionne Pohler)

Chapter 16. Employee voice: conceptualisations, meanings, limitations and possible integration (Michael Barry, Tony Dundon and Adrian Wilkinson)

Chapter 17. Knowns and unknowns in the study of workplace dispute resolution: towards an expanded research agenda (Alex Colvin and Ariel C. Avgar)

Chapter 18. A pacified labour? The transformation of labour conflict (Lorenzo Frangi, Sung-Chul Noh, Robert Hebdon)

Section 4: Broadening employment relations

Chapter 19. Employment relations and precarious work (Chiara Benassi and Milena Tekeste)

Chapter 20. Globalisation and work: processes, practices and consequences (Stephen Frenkel)

Chapter 21. Global supply chains and employment relations (Jimmy Donaghey and Juliane Reinecke)

Chapter 22. Employment relations in the informal sector (Colin C Williams)

Chapter 23. Emerging economies, freedom of association and collective bargaining for women workers in export-oriented manufacturing (Samanthi J. Gunawardana)

Chapter 24. Employment relations in Latin America (Mark Anner and Katiuscia Galhera)

Chapter 25. The Transformation of employment relations in contemporary China (Chris King-Chi Chan and  Yunbing He)

Chapter 26. Employment relations in Africa (Pauline Dibben and Geoffrey Wood)

Chapter 27. International institutions and supranational influence in employment relations (Michel Goyer and Rocio Valdivielso del Real)

Chapter 28. Employment relations, stakeholder theory and business ethics (Andrew Timming and Samuel Mansell)

Section 5 : Contemporary reflections and future challenges

Chapter 29. The financial model of the firm, the 'future of work', and employment relations (Rose Batt)

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Adrian Wilkinson is Professor and Director of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University, Australia.

Tony Dundon is Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations in the Work and Equalities Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, UK.

Jimmy Donaghey is Professor of Industrial Relations at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK.

Alexander J. S. Colvin is the Martin F. Scheinman Professor of Conflict Resolution and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Diversity, and Faculty Development at the ILR School, Cornell University, USA.


"International in coverage and exhaustive in scope, The Routledge Companion to Employment Relations is an invaluable resource for all who teach and research on the employment relationship. It brings together a global roster of authors who collectively provide a concise summary of what we know about and how we theorize the changing world of work."

Edmund Heery, Professor of Employment Relations, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK


"The Routledge Companion to Employment Relations is a welcome and highly accessible contribution towards advancing knowledge and understanding in the field of employment relations. Its thematic structure facilitates a focused analysis of key issues. Each chapter is written by acknowledged experts in the area, and the work is underpinned by original, independent and up to date research evidence augmented by incisive analysis and commentary. The overall work is therefore a great blend of theory, contextual understanding and original and independent research."

Patrick Gunnigle, Emeritus Professor of Business Studies University of Limerick, Ireland


"This is a very timely and authoritative publication on employment relations from a global perspective. The editors are leading authorities from top universities in the UK, USA and Australia. This book will be a very valuable reference work for students, lecturers and practitioners in employment relations around the world."

Russell Lansbury, Emeritus Professor of Employment Relations, University of Sydney, Australia