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Markets, Firms and the Management of Labour in Modern Britain

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  • In this examination of the development of employers' personnel, human resources, and industrial relations policies in Britain in the twentieth century the author focuses on how employers organize the employment relationship, control work relations, and deal with trade unions and industrial relations. He develops an approach that emphasizes the interaction of external market forces, internal management structure and organization, and strategic choices, and argues that British employers' historical adherence to market-based strategies rather than internal strategies has had negative consequences for economic performance and national competitiveness relative to the United States, Germany, and Japan.

    • Survey of the development of employers' industrial relations and personnel policies in Britain in the twentieth century
    • Has a wide historical scope, a well-respected author, and also compares UK with US, Germany and Japan
    • A wide potential market - MBA and management studies students, as well as graduate and undergraduate students of industrial relations, economics, history and sociology
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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511880360
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the management of labour
    Part I. The Inheritance:
    2. Markets, firms, and the management of labour in the nineteenth century
    Part II. Continuities and Change in the First Half of the Twentieth Century:
    3. Markets, firms, and the organisation of production
    4. The evolving employment relationship
    5. Employers, unions, and collective bargaining
    Part III:
    6. Markets, firms, and the organisation of production
    7. Industrial relations: challenges and responses
    8. Employment relations in the post-war period
    Part IV. Conclusions:
    9. Markets, firms and the management of labour
    End notes

  • Author

    Howard Gospel, University of Kent, Canterbury and London School of Economics and Political Science

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