Iscuss whether what is good for the employee is good for the employer, and the other way around

1001EHR Employment Relations
Semester 3, 2014
Individual essay
Context: a?While there is a general agreement that HRM can have a positive impact on performance (Paauwe, 2009) a¦ there is a general lack of attention to potential negative outcomes, for example, those caused by labour intensification (Godard, 2001; Ramsey et al., 2000) a¦ and cost minimisationa? (Boselie, Brewster & Paauwe, 2009).

This statement refers to the debate over the benefits of the unitarist (Strategic HRM) approach and its disadvantages. While the unitarist approach has become increasingly popular over the past two decades, there is also a body of research which disputes its benefits and emphasises the conflicting interests of employers and employees.

Question: Discuss whether what is good for the employee is good for the employer, and the other way around.
Refer to the HRM (unitarist) and IR (pluralist) frames of reference and to the major actors (including employees, trade unions, employers, employer associations and the state) in answering this question. Use specific examples from a particular country (or refer to two different countries to show a comparison) to support your argument.
There are a number of different parts to this question.

Theoretical framework
Provide definitions for all of the technical or academic terms used in the essay (do not use general dictionaries or Wikipedia). Refer to unitarism and pluralism to support your argument.
What evidence have you provided to support your argument? You should give several examples, and references to support your claims. Use at least 7 academic sources.
Which time period is your essay focussed on (the past 20 years; 10 years)? Which country or countries are you referring to?
What point is your essay making? Which actors should be involved in ER? Is there a need for intervention by third parties and to what degree? Be specific.

Due date: Monday 29/12/14 by 3pm

Submission: Submission will be electronic ONLY through TURNITIN. No hard copies are required. Instructions for electronic submission will be provided.

Length: 1500 words (+10%)

Weighting: 30% for essay
Students may be asked to show drafts and research for their essay to ensure tutors can see it is the studentsa own work.

Format: Academic essay. Introduction, well-structured argument and conclusion and Reference List (NOT Bibliography) as learnt in the subject 1201QBT Academic and Professional Skills at QIBT. Avoid use of sub-titles. Do not use tables, figures or diagrams as this is NOT a report. Citation and referencing in the APA style as taught in Academic and Professional Skills. APA Guide is available through QIBT website and on the ER course web page.

Academic sources: Minimum 7 (journal articles and academic books)

For this assignment you MUST select, read and reference AT LEAST seven (7) sources. The textbook DOES NOT COUNT as one of these sources. Use databases, in particular Library Search or Proquest, to find sources.

To achieve a mark of distinction or higher, you need to use and cite academic journal articles. You may use the textbook as a source, but this must be in addition to the minimum of seven academic sources, as textbooks are not considered a quality academic source for essays and you are advised to use them sparingly.

Web sites and newspaper articles DO NOT count as academic sources. In particular DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA. Do not reference lectures or use lecture materials in your essay.

Seeking Assistance
If you are having difficulties writing or researching the essay, please seek assistance if you need it on improving your essay writing skills. The 1001EHR Employment Relations teaching team will provide some further assistance in tutorials and workshops in coming weeks. You may also seek assistance from Ms Lyn Tracey, QIBTas Academic Advisor and/or your lecturer and tutor during her/his consultation times.

Criteria sheet
Criteria sheet will be provided through TURNITIN