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Abstract

HRM has been the industrial relations issue of the 1980s and early 1990s. Although it has very few direct references to HRM, WIRS3 sheds considerable light on a number of the debates involved. Not only does it suggest that some of the ideas and practices associated with HRM appear to be taking root; its most striking, and paradoxical, findings are that these fragments of HRM are to be found in union rather than non-union workplaces. These findings have considerable implications for policy and practice as well as for future WIRSs.