Employers and child workers: an institutional approach

Authors


  • Robin Price, is a Senior Lecturer, School of Management, Queensland University of Technology, Janis Bailey is an Associate Professor, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Paula McDonald is an Associate Professor, School of Management, Queensland University of Technology and Barbara Pini is a Professor, Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology.

Robin Price, School of Management, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000, Australia; email: r.price@qut.edu.au

ABSTRACT

This article explores employers' perspectives on the introduction of child employment legislation in Australia1 through the lens of the three pillars—regulative, normative and cultural-cognitive—of institutional theory. The study extends the traditional industrial relations (IR) focus on regulation to examine how human resource (HR) practices around child employment become legitimised, normalised and socially supported.

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