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Contemporary employment relations

A critical introduction

Steve Willliams og Derek Adam-Smith

Oxford University Press 2005. 450 s. ISBN 9199272433

An accessible introduction to employment relations that, far from being prescriptive, presents the material in such a way as to encourage critical thinking.
Uses an innovative thematic approach, as opposed to an institutional approach, which allows students to make greater linkages between topics.
Takes a contemporary approach to teaching employment relations by putting the employment relationship at the heart of the discussion rather than taking a managerial perspective.
Discussion of current topics such as: - the implications of globalization - the significance of 'family-friendly' and 'work-life balance' policies - the dynamics of workplace partnership - the impact of minimum wage and working time legislation - the causes and effects of work intensification provides students with relevant research and an up-to-date perspective.
End-of-section (as opposed to end-of-chapter) summaries and further reading enable students to continuously check their understanding and follow up references as required.
A companion web site with extensive resources for both lecturer and student allows for the subject area to be fully updated and new legislation added.

Contemporary Employment Relations: a Critical Introduction offers an original, accessible, and critical approach to understanding employment relations. Based on up-to-date research studies, it considers recent developments in employment relations, defined as the way in which employment relationships are regulated, experienced, and contested. A thematic approach to the subject helps to demonstrate the contemporary relevance of employment relations, enabling students to develop an appropriate level of knowledge and understanding of this key area of economic, social, and political life. Among the topics covered by the book are: - the implications of globalization for employment relations; - the role of the European Union; - the significance of 'family-friendly' and 'work-life balance' policies; - the nature of employment relations in non-union firms; - the dynamics of workplace partnership; - the impact of minimum wage and working time legislation; - and the causes and effects of work intensification. Online Resource Centre A companion web site will include PowerPoint slides and answers to end-of-chapter cases and discussion questions for lecturers and annotated weblinks, legislation updates, additional case studies, and a glossary of key terms for students.

Readership: An introductory textbook for second or third-year undergraduate courses devoted to industrial and employment relations, personnel and human resource management. As a supplementary text, it will also be appropriate for Masters courses in personnel and human resource management.

Contents
PART 1: INTRODUCING EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS
1 The elements of employment relations
PART 2: CONTEMPORARY 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 Contemporary developments in pay and working time
8 Experiencing employment relations
9 Conflict and employment relations
PART 4: CONCLUSION

Authors, editors, and contributors

Steve Williams, Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations, University of Portsmouth and Derek Adam-Smith, Head of the Human Resource and Marketing Management Department, University of Portsmouth