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Employment relations in non-union organisations : a study of the patterns of relationship modification in the absence of a trade union

Dundon, Tony (1999) Employment relations in non-union organisations : a study of the patterns of relationship modification in the absence of a trade union. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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      Abstract

      This thesis examines the internal dynamics of the employment relationship in
      non-union organisations and the effects of factors that influence how the
      relationship is made and modified. Evidence is derived from four case study
      organisations, drawn from different sectors, sizes and industries. For the
      purposes of empirical research the employment relationship is defined along
      five dimensions. The influences on these five relationship dimensions are
      assessed from a combination of internal and external factors in generating
      patterns of relationship modification using a social exchange theoretical
      perspective.

      The main conclusions of the study are that the major sources of influence can be
      traced to different managerial styles, product market pressures and the internal
      social dynamics of each organisation. Attention to the social processes within
      each organisation shows important differences in the way employment relations
      are made and modified in each of the four firms. Despite the growth of the nonunion
      firm in the 1990s, this evidence suggests that the making and modification
      of the employment relationship remains a source of tension. From these findings
      it is suggested that one neglected element in understanding patterns of employee
      relations is the prevailing climate in each organisation. While this was found to
      be influenced by managerial philosophies, it was also a powerful intervening
      variable between wider external factors and the employment relationship.

      The results are used to trace implications for managements, trade unions and
      public policy. Based on this evidence it is suggested that management can and
      do determine whether to work with or without trade unions. As such this thesis
      contributes to a neglected area of non-union industrial relations, the debates
      about management style, the patterns of workplace compliance and recent
      issues associated with union revitalisation and mobilisation.

      Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
      Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID uk.bl.ethos.323777
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Social dynamics, Managerial style, Public policy, Labor
      Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
      Schools: The Business School
      Depositing User: Graham Stone
      Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2009 10:32
      Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:39
      URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4844

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