Introducing Employment Relations: A Critical Approach

Paperback | February 9, 2014

bySteve Williams

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This book is an accessible and engaging introduction to the subject, and a must-read text for all students of employment relations. The book is both comprehensive and clearly focussed, going beyond the traditional regulation of the employment relationship to examine how it is experienced andcontested by employees, either individually or collectively. Adopting a critical approach, Introducing Employment Relations offers a broad perspective that highlights the relevance of employment relations for millions of working individuals around the world, as well as for organisations, and thewider society.The third edition offers a new part and chapter structure to strengthen and broaden the focus on key themes such as employee engagement, conflict, disputes, and conflict resolution . There are also two new chapters tackling pay and working time, as well as a new part four dedicated to examiningconflict and conflict resolution in the workplace.Based on up-to-date research studies, and organised thematically, the book clearly demonstrates how employment relations operates in the twenty-first century, and the implications of the recent financial crisis on both workers and organisations alike. The book includes discussion of the "fair pay"and "living wage" campaigns, as well as the implications of pay "freezes", flexible working arrangements, and reduced working hours.A wealth of carefully designed learning features including reflection points, international perspective boxes, and employment relations in practice boxes ensure you develop your understanding of key topics, while assignment and discussion questions check and re-inforce your learning. The criticalapproach enables you to take your knowledge further, and fully get to grips with the key debates on the subject. The book also offers plenty of up-to-date case studies to illustrate how theory applies to real world organisations, including Amazon, Pret a Manger, and Apple.

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This book is an accessible and engaging introduction to the subject, and a must-read text for all students of employment relations. The book is both comprehensive and clearly focussed, going beyond the traditional regulation of the employment relationship to examine how it is experienced andcontested by employees, either individually o...

Steve Williams is Reader in Employment Relations at the University of Portsmouth Business School.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199645493

ISBN - 13:9780199645497

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Introducing Employment Relations1. The nature of employment relationsPart 2: Employment Relations in Context2. Employment relations in the contemporary economy3. The politics of employment relations4. Social divisions and employment relationsPart 3: Key Issues in Contemporary Employment Relations5. Managing employment relations6. Representation at work7. Pay determination and employment relations8. Working time and employment relationsPart 4: Conflict and Employment Relations9. Labour conflict and employment relations10. Resolving labour conflictPart 5: Conclusion11. Conclusion

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"This book provides excellent critical analysis of the latest research on the subject and is an engaging text for students and academics alike." --Professor Andy Danford, Bristol Business School, UWE