Mployment Relations and Human Resources Management

Topic and Suggested Readings

Discuss the expansion of multi-national corporations in the UK. What effect has this had, if any, on British employment relations?

Word count: 2000 words

Readings from topic 5 Employers:

Kersley, B. et al (2006) Inside the Workplace: Findings from the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey, London: Routledge, Chap 4.
Marginson, P. & Meardi (2010) a?Multinational Companies:Transforming National Industrial Relations?, in Colling & Terry (ed.) Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice 3e, Oxford:
Sisson, K. and Purcell, J. (2010) a?Management: Caught between Competing Views of the Organizationa, in T. Colling and M. Terry (eds) Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice, 3rd edition, Chichester: Wiley.
Williams, S (2014) Introducing Employment Relations: A Critical Approach, 3nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, chapter 5 (141 a 174).

Additional suggestions:

Almond, G and Ferner, A (2006) American Multinationals in Europe, Oxford: OUP.
Bamber, G, Lansbury, R. & Wailes, N. (eds) (2011) International and Comparative Employment Relations, 5th edition, London: Sage.
Edwards, P, Edwards, T et al (2007) Employment Practices of MNCs in Organisational Context: Report of Main Survey, University of Warwick. available at: mncemployment/conference_papers/full_report_july.pdf.
Elger, T and Smith, C (2005) Assembling Work: Remaking Factory Regimes inn Japanese Multinationals in Britain, Oxford: OUP.
Ferner, A (1997) a?Country of origin effects and HRM in multinational companies, Human Resource Management Journal 7(1), 19 a 37.
Hyman, R. (2008) Britain and the European Social Model: Capitalism Against Capitalism? Brighton: Institute of Employment Studies, IES Working Paper.
Katz, H and Darbishire, O. (2000) Converging Divergences: Worldwide Changes in Employment Systems, Ithaca: ILR Press, Chap. 7 (Summary).
Streeck, W. and Thelen, K., (eds) (2005) Beyond Continuity: Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies, Oxford: OUP.

Other possibilities include companiesa own websites and the following:

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development: uk
Confederation of British Industry: uk
European Industrial Relations Observatory: ie

Mployment Relations and Human Resources Management

Why has trade union density declined in so many countries since the early 1980s?

Please use the United Kingdom as main focus and also compare and make references to other european countries

The main textbook for this module is:

Williams, S (2014) Introducing Employment Relations: A Critical Approach, 3nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Suggested readings:

Frege, C.M. and Kelly, J. (2003) a?Union Revitalization Strategies in Comparative Perspective.a European Journal of Industrial Relations, 9(1): 7-24.
Williams, S and Adam-Smith, D (2010) Contemporary Employment Relations: A Critical Introduction, 2nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press., pp. 169-185, 209-227, 243-252.
Behrens. M., Hamann, K. and Hurd, R. (2004) a?Conceptualizing Labour Movement Revitalizationa, in C.M. Frege and J. Kelly (eds.) Varieties of Unionism: Strategies for Union Revitalization in a Globalizing Economy, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bryson, A. & Forth, J. (2010) Trade Union Membership and Influence 1999-2009, London: NIESR Discussion Paper 362, Sept.
Gumbrell-McCormick, R and Hyman, R (2013) Trade Unions in Western Europe: Hard Times; Hard Choices, Oxford: OUP.
Hamann, K. and Kelly, J. (2008) a?Varieties of Capitalism and Industrial Relationsa, in P. Blyton et al (eds.) Handbook of Industrial Relations, London: Sage.
Hyman, R. (2001) Understanding European Trade Unionism: Between Market, Class and Society, London: Sage, Chap 1.
Kelly, J. (2005) a?Social Movement Theory and Union Revitalization in Britain,a in S. Fernie and D. Metcalf (eds.) Trade Unions: Resurgence or Demise? London: Routledge.
Simms, M and Charlwood, A (2010) a?Trade Unions: Power and Influence in a changed Contexta in Colling, T and Terry, M (eds.) (2010) Industrial Relations Theory and Practice, 3rd edition, Chichester: Wiley, 125 a 148.
Ebbinghaus, B, GAΒΆbel, C and Koos, S (2011) Social capital, a?Ghenta and workplace contexts matter: Comparing union membership in Europe, European Journal of Industrial Relations 17(2): 107-24
Ebbinghaus, B. and Visser, J. (1999) a?When institutions matter: union growth and decline in Western Europea, European Sociological Revie, 15(2): 135-58.
Visser, J. (2002) a?Why Fewer Workers Join Unions in Europe: A Social Custom Explanation of Membership Trendsa, British Journal of Industrial Relations 40(3): 403-30.
Visser, J. (2007) a?Trade Union Decline and What Next. Introduction. Are Germanys trade unions a special case?a, Industrielle Beziehungen 14(2): 97-117.