He acknowledges the UK Department of Trade and Industry; the Economic and Social Research Council; the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service; and the Policy Studies Institute as the originators of the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey data, and the Data Archive at the University of Essex as the distributor of the data. The National Centre for Social Research was commissioned to conduct the survey fieldwork on behalf of the sponsors. None of these organizations bears any responsibility for the analysis and interpretations of the data. John Forth, in particular, has been extremely helpful in shedding light on the intricacies of these data. The author would also like to thank Ariel C. Avgar, Alex Bryson, and Jody Hoffer Gittell, as well as seminar participants at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the 2011 annual meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association for their constructive feedback.
Not Featherbedding, but Feathering the Nest: Human Resource Management and Investments in Information Technology
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2012
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Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume 52, Issue 1, pages 22–52, January 2013
How to Cite
Litwin, A. S. (2013), Not Featherbedding, but Feathering the Nest: Human Resource Management and Investments in Information Technology. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 52: 22–52. doi: 10.1111/irel.12010
- Issue published online: 19 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2012
This study draws on employment relations and management theory, claiming that certain innovative employment practices and work structures pave the way for organizational innovation, namely investments in information technology (IT). It then finds support for the theory in a cross-section of UK workplaces. The findings suggest that firms slow to adopt IT realize that their conventional employment model hinders their ability to make optimal use of new technologies. Therefore, the paper advances the literature beyond studies of unionization's impact on business investment to a broader set of issues on the employment relations features that make organizations ripe for innovation.