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Introducing Employment Relations

Fourth Edition

Steve Williams

April 2017

ISBN: 9780198777120

480 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

In Stock

Price: £48.99

The most trusted and thought-provoking introduction to employment relations, this book examines key employee relations issues from a critical perspective using contemporary research and a wealth of real-life examples and carefully designed learning features.

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The most trusted and thought-provoking introduction to employment relations, this book examines key employee relations issues from a critical perspective using contemporary research and a wealth of real-life examples and carefully designed learning features.

  • The book's critical approach moves beyond a descriptive narrative to ensure students are challenged and can appreciate the complexities inherent in the subject.
  • A wide range of up-to-date research, contemporary examples, and case studies are used to guide students through the real world of work, employment, and employment relations.
  • A wealth of learning features, including 'contesting employment relations' and 'insight into practice' boxes, offer students a variety of perspectives as well historic, legal, and cultural context.
  • An accessible writing style and the thematic organization of the book engages students from the start, and elucidates the often complex and multifaceted issues.

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on international employment relations and globalisation presents an alternative perspective from which students can evaluate the conduct and consequences of employment relations, covering global supply chains and international trade unions.
  • Chapter 2 now includes comparative material on economic and labour markets, and discussion of neoliberalism and financialization.
  • Chapter 10 now delivers critical consideration of how conflict is managed in practice, whether in the context of managing disciplinary procedures, staff absences, or grievances.
  • Revisions to Chapter 6 provide new and revised discussion of trade unions.
  • A new two-colour design enhances the book's appearance and better distinguishes learning features, diagrams, and headings to make the book even easier to learn from.

About the Author(s)

Steve Williams, Reader in Employment Relations, University of Portsmouth Business School

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

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Introducing Employment Relations
    1: The nature of employment relations
    Part 2: Employment Relations in Context
    2: Employment relations in the contemporary economy
    3: The politics of employment relations
    4: Social divisions and employment relations
    Part 3: Key Issues in Contemporary Employment Relations
    5: Managing employment relations
    6: Representation at work
    7: Pay determination and employment relations
    8: Working time and employment relations
    Part 4: Conflict and Employment Relations
    9: Labour conflict and employment relations
    10: Resolving labour conflict
    Part 5: Conclusion
    11: International and global employment relations
    12: Conclusion

Reviews

The book provides a very sound introduction to a complex area, one that draws on valuable contemporary examples and cases. It covers a broad range of topics and devotes considerable space to consideration of current issues - diversity, pay, working time - that are often neglected or lack exposure in other texts. Because it is rooted in a solid sociological approach it permits a more critical engagement with the subject area and draws out many of the contemporary debates surrounding work and employment as well as ER. - Dr Adrian Murton, London Metropolitan University

Currently the best employment relations textbook available. Written by a leading employment relations academic who has written a book employment relations scholars and students will appreciate. - Niall Cullinane, Queen's University Belfast

Very good critical coverage of key employment relations issues that incorporates excellent understanding of contemporary areas. - Paul Leonard, Northumbria University

Additional Resources

The book is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre that features:

For students:
Flashcard glossary
Web case studies
Web links
Video links
Updates

For lecturers:
PowerPoint slides
Case study guide
Guide to end-of-chapter questions
Guide to web cases
Figures and tables from the book

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